The purpose of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Recently, a trio of Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) staff members took to the classroom to make sure the youth of this part of the globe are prepared.
Jamie Canney, Kelly Ringhiser-Nicolaysen, and Jenn Coleman have been working with students in London Elementary and Middle Schools to spread the message of Junior Achievement through the ‘JA Our Families’ program.
“JA Our Families introduces first graders to the academic standards in social students, business, economics, ethics, reading, writing, and math,” said Ringhiser-Nicolaysen, who has been at London Elementary School with Canney in Lisa Dunmon’s LES classroom. “Students learn about needs versus wants and goods versus services.”
According to Ringhiser-Nicolaysen, students explore how maintaining a job can help support a family by earning money to pay bills. Students also complete in fun activities each week to wrap up the lesson.
Coleman conducted a similar aspect of the program at London Middle School, as those students focused on career aspirations. The program lasts five weeks with our volunteers going to the classroom once per week.
The idea came about when Ringhiser-Nicolaysen suggested to MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson that participation in the long-standing organization would be of benefit to local students.
Founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts, JA’s first program — JA Company Program — was offered to high school students on an after-school basis.
Making a positive impact on the lives of as many students as possible is the vision of Junior Achievement. They are driven by their core values, which include: Belief in the boundless potential of young people; commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship; passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it; respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals; belief in the power of partnership and collaboration; and conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.
Diversity Statement: Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in “empowering young people to own their economic success®” through volunteer-led, experiential learning. We are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias. Junior Achievement welcomes kindergarten through 12th grade students, volunteers and potential staff regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.
For more information about the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, call 740-852-7050.
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