A want versus a need. How to develop and live within a budget. Don’t you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? JA volunteers share their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, and help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
The stars are aligned for Junior Achievement in April when we celebrate National Financial Literacy Month and National Volunteer Month together. As our community nears the end of a depressing and stressful pandemic shutdown, we all look forward to a future when volunteers can again participate in person in teaching our children the economics of life.
During the past year, JA has made the shift to dynamic virtual programming, and we are serving more than 30,000 Kentuckiana youth with our Five Programs for a Better Future: Elementary classroom programs, JA BizTown, JA Finance Park, JA Inspire and High School classroom programs. Yet, we know that the students have missed the live interaction with JA volunteers, not to mention that they are tiring of online learning, just as their parents are weary of Zoom.
As you adjust to the post-pandemic world, consider joining the 3,200 JA volunteers who help our students learn the difference between wants and needs. Our community’s children are hungry for human interaction. They need to be reassured by caring adults that there is hope for a future where they can realize their dreams.
For information on how to volunteer—or to get your company involved in guiding our future workforce, please visit our website at www.jaky.org. Schools are already requesting JA volunteers for the 2021-22 school year.