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– 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.
Junior Achievement (JA) is celebrating a banner year for financial literacy education in Talbot County. The 2012-2013 academic year has been one of growth for the non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA provides this teaching free of charge to the schools by raising funds in our community.
Junior Achievement has been active in Talbot County since 2011 and has almost tripled the number of students served in the past nine months. During the 2012-2013 year, JA taught more than 502 students in 24 classrooms. A dedicated team of 24 volunteer instructors presented curricula focused on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. This 164% increase is unprecedented in the national JA organization, where annual growth projections are typically 5%.
A major accomplishment for 2012-2013 was the expansion of JA into all public school seventh grade classrooms for the spring semester. This addition of 283 students to the program was made possible by generous donations from local businesses, individuals and foundations. The successful Talbot Cup Dodgeball Tournament, held in January by Eventful Giving raised over $6,000 for JA programs in Talbot County. Title sponsor, Out of the Fire restaurant provided the bulk of that support. All told, JA raised over $28,000 for financial literacy in Talbot County over the past school year.
This spring, the Talbot County Council and the Easton Town Council each issued proclamations designating April as Financial Literacy Month.
“JA is humbled by and grateful for the support of the Town of Easton and Talbot County, our partners in the schools, our volunteers, our donors, and the greater professional community,” said Geoff Oxnam, JA of Talbot County Advisory Board Chair. “Our students are fortunate to have community leaders who are equally committed to investing in our youth to make sure they are competitive and prepared to meet the challenges of the future.”
The successful 2012-2013 academic year has brought the organization closer to its long-term goal of creating an experiential learning facility at Achievement Park, site of the former Cadmus building in Easton on Idlewild Avenue. Developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson have generously donated a significant amount of space for the purpose of building this educational center.
Looking ahead, Junior Achievement will expand its educational efforts in Talbot County and grow its student base to include students in high school, middle school and elementary school. To do so will require JA to recruit more volunteers and raise more funding for this important mission.
“Advocate for financial literacy education in school and at home, volunteer to teach financial literacy, and help us provide financial literacy education free of charge,” said Mr. Oxnam. “Ultimately, JA’s goal is to give every student in every Talbot County school financial literacy training each year.”
To learn more about how to volunteer as an instructor, help with upcoming events or make a donation, please contact Geoff Oxnam at email@example.com or by calling (443) 496-2977. To learn more about JA, visit www.easternshoreja.org.
About Junior Achievement of Talbot County
Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a branch of a national organization dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills. The organization’s mission is to ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. The Talbot County Advisory Board supports that effort in Talbot County. Through grants, donations, school sponsorships, and special events, JA of Talbot County provides educational opportunities for students completely free to schools. To learn more about supporting JA of Talbot County, visit www.easternshoreja.org or call 410.742.8112.
Junior Achievement (JA) of Talbot County hosted a networking breakfast this past Wednesday for financial advisors (FAs) in Talbot County to learn more about the organization and their mission to teach students financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. Twenty-two financial advisors representing a majority of the brokerage and wealth management firms in the county attended the event at the Talbot Country Club.
“This event was a great opportunity to connect local professionals to the work that Junior Achievement is doing in our community,” shared Jayme Weeg, President of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. “We have been thrilled with the response and hope that the financial advisors in attendance become advocates and volunteers for JA. Our children desperately need these skills and with the engagement of our professional community we can continue to grow JA’s impact in Talbot County.”
Junior Achievement (JA), a national organization dedicated to educating students about business and finance, has been active in Talbot County since 2011. Led by an advisory board of local professionals chaired by Geoff Oxnam of Easton Utilities, JA’s presence in Talbot County has been growing and the organization is currently working with 200 students at Easton and St. Michaels High Schools and hopes to expand to 500 students by the end of the year with the addition of a Middle School curriculum throughout the county.
“We’ve enjoyed early successes in Talbot County thanks to wonderful partnerships with the local school system, town and county officials and the greater professional community,” continued Weeg. “We hope that through events like this we can recruit more volunteers, donors and advocates that can tell the success stories of this program and help us grow to the next level.”
A long-term goal of the organization is to transform a portion of the old Cadmus building in Easton on Idlewild Avenue, donated by developers Gillis-Gilkerson, into Achievement Park – an experiential learning facility that will give Junior Achievement students a variety of capstone experiences. In addition, the Talbot County Advisory Board plans to host additional breakfast events to connect with other professional groups in the community in the coming months.
About Junior Achievement of Talbot County
Junior Achievement (JA) of Talbot County, based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is a branch of a national organization dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills. The organization’s mission is to ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. Through grants, donations, school sponsorships, and special events, JA of Talbot County provides educational opportunities for students completely free to schools. To learn more about supporting JA of Talbot County, visit www.easternshoreja.org or call 410.742.8112.
In photo: Financial Advisors representing BB&T, GWN Securities, Knade Financial Group, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Multi-Financial Securities, Primevest Financial, RBC Capital Markets, Robert W. Baird, Wells Fargo and Wye Financial and Trust with Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore President, Jayme Weeg, Talbot County Advisory Board President, Geoff Oxnam, and Mayor Willey of Easton, at the FAs for JA Event on October 24, 2012.