Stevenson Elementary students got to experience “JA Day” on Friday as volunteers from Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky came and took over the classrooms for a day.
The volunteers taught the students about money and finances and entrepenurship.
“This is the first time we have had volunteers in every classroom,” said Junior Achievment program manager Megan Micheli. “In the past, we’ve only worked with one or two grades, but thanks to a lot of really good volunteers, we have been able to get in every classroom.”
The volunteers were given a curriculum to teach, which was specialized to each grade level.
Students from Russellville High School’s ambassador program took care of all the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
“That was really great because we needed those extra volunteers,” Micheli said. “That’s worked really well and I am appreciate Brandon Blake for working with us on that.”
The Russellville ambassadors recieved a special training session prior to going into the classrooms to teach the young Stevenson students about money.
Since 1919, Junior Achievement’s purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.
Locally, Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky was chartered in Bowling Green in 1982. Since its beginnings as simply an after-school program held on State Street, JA of South Central Kentucky has grown to reach students in kindergarten through twelfth grades in more than 64 schools and afterschool programs in the area and implementing 559 programs throughout the region. JA of South Central Kentucky reached all of these children with a modest staff of 3 professionals. Last year, more than 380 JA Volunteers delivered JA’s quality economic curriculum to more than 12,500 youth across the region.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization. Our programs are taught by classroom volunteers from the business community in your area, across America and in over 103 countries worldwide.
Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization. Business professionals, parents, retirees and college students will enter our schools to teach Junior Achievement programs. These volunteers use their personal experiences to make the Junior Achievement curricula practical and realistic. Providing children with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.