Junior Achievement Sends Business Professionals Back to School

– Local businesspeople take JA entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy programs to the classroom.

Across the community, kids of all ages are gearing up to head back to school. At the same time, many businesspeople are preparing to do the same—as Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers.

Each year, business professionals, parents, retirees and college students in Talbot County help students in Junior Achievement programs develop the skills they need to succeed in a competitive economy. Using their personal experiences in combination with JA’s innovative, age-appropriate curricula, these volunteers teach young people about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. For example, seventh-grade students learn about what makes international trade work and how it affects students’ daily lives in Junior Achievement’s Global Marketplace program.

“Volunteers are the heart of Junior Achievement, helping the organization empower young people to own their economic success. They inspire our children to discover their potential and find their niches in the 21st-century global marketplace,” said Jayme Hayes, president of JA of the Eastern Shore. “Without volunteers’ dedication and excellence, JA would not be able to provide the positive impact it has on the local community.”

Junior Achievement of Eastern Shore is currently seeking volunteers for this year’s programs. JA offers programs from kindergarten through 12th grade and orients volunteers on how to utilize the user-friendly materials and work with students. Those interested in volunteering for JA of Eastern Shore should contact JA staff by phone at 410-742-8112 or visit the website at www.easternshoreja.org.

About Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore (JA) Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth, grades K-12 both public and private, on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our hands on, age appropriate programs inspire youth to live within their means, prepare for the world of work and understand the free enterprise system. Local business members bring our programs to life from the community. We are an enhancement to what kids learn in school and a direct link to real life applications, making school relevant and increasing student’s engagement in the classroom.