Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic status. The organization reaches nearly five million students in the United States, over 40,000 of them in Connecticut alone, as one of the fastest growing youth-serving organizations in the world. Junior Achievement of Southwest New England offers over 20 programs in financial literacy, workforce preparedness and entrepreneurism for students in all grades. Programs are delivered by business and community volunteers who, using JA’s fun and engaging materials, teach students the fundamentals of financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Business Networking Opportunity with JA
Are you interested in learning more about everything Junior Achievement does for your community? You have an opportunity, on Friday, May 12, to network with hundreds of business professionals at the annual JA Partners in Achievement breakfast at the Hartford Marriot. Hear firsthand from students, educators and volunteers who have been touched by the impactful programs of JA of Southwest New England in your local community. This event has become one of Hartford’s premier networking events, hosting over 500 area business leaders — you don’t want to miss it! If you’re interested in attending, click here for registration information.
Through the many programs offered by JA of Southwest New England, students learn valuable information about how they can have a positive impact in the world around them. Volunteers teach children about different roles and careers and introduce them to entrepreneurship and businesses that focus on STEM skills- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As students progress to middle school they begin preparations for their educational and professional futures. Through learning to apply critical thinking to finances, entrepreneurship, marketing and creating business plans students discover how goods and services flow through the marketplace.
The focus of high school programs is on fostering business savvy. Students learn the skills sought by employers, operate student-led companies, and explore economics. Students can also participate in job shadowing with JA volunteers.
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This year, JA SWNE is proud to announce it’s participation as one of 9 JA offices (out of 109 across the country!) hiring a position that will focus entirely on their flagship program, the JA Company Program. This will enable high school students to work side-by-side with a community volunteer as they develop, grow, sustain, and eventually liquidate their own student company. Using real money and reporting to an advisory “Board of Directors”, students become the leader of their business and learn the fundamentals of running a business alongside their experienced volunteer.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of JA’s multiple programs. As a volunteer, you help to inspire kids through your real world experiences and become role models for the students. In partnership with each school, JA provides curriculum and training to prepare for weekly classroom sessions (Traditional Program) or for one full day (JA Day). For a description of the different types of volunteer opportunities click here.
It’s golf season! Join JA for The Junior Achievement Classic, a premiere golf event at Tumble Brook Country Club on June 5. Golfers will enjoy a full round of golf, breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction.
If bowling is more up your alley, sign up for The JA Bowl-A-Thon, Junior Achievement’s largest fundraiser. Each year, thousands of participants from different companies bowl to help JA inspire students to work hard and dream big. One hundred percent of funds raised through this event will be used to help JA volunteers transform “I can’t” into “I can” for 41,000 local students during the 2016/17 school year. Participating in a JA Bowl-A-Thon is a great way for companies and individuals to support students in their community with colleagues, friends, and family. It can also serve as a team-building opportunity that allows you to do some good while having fun. Anyone can participate! Invite friends, family and co-workers to this one-of-a-kind fundraiser.
To learn more about Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, visit their website.