As schools around the country kick off the new school semester, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois (JA) prepares to engage volunteers to deliver its experiential programs to local students.
Junior Achievement programs currently reaches over 14,500 kindergarten through high school students each year in Central Illinois, focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. Demand for JA programs by local schools typically outpaces the number of volunteers available to deliver them. As a result, JA of Central Illinois is reaching out to local organizations to partner in recruiting volunteers as the second semester of school begins. Program materials and training are provided by JA, and the time commitment is flexible, as easy as one hour a week over five weeks.
Mary Pille, President of JA of Central Illinois said, “Junior Achievement volunteers are JA’s superheroes. These dedicated men and women care about the future of our young people enough to give of their time and talents. We want to get the word out to our community about how enriching the JA experience is for students and volunteers alike, to engage with more potential volunteers to expand local students’ access to JA’s life-changing programs.”
Junior Achievement programs give young people the opportunity to learn and apply important life skills such as budgeting, conducting a successful job search, and how to be entrepreneurial.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. This year, JA of Central Illinois is celebrating its 70th anniversary and reaching over 14,500 students in Logan, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. For more information visit centralillinois.ja.org.