Pharos-Tribune

October 14, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Sending professionals back to the classroom


— Throughout Pulaski County, kids of all ages are back in school. At

the same time, many businesspeople are preparing to do the same.

Business men and women are volunteering their time to present

Junior Achievement programs to local students. JA volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. When they share their personal and professional experiences with students in

combination with JA’s age-appropriate curricula, volunteers help the students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.  

Each year, more than 100 business professionals, parents, retirees and college students in Pulaski County dedicate their time to inspire local youth to discover their potential. The educational programs focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. JA is currently providing programs in first, second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh and 12th grades within the county.

More than 1,048 students will experience the JA programs whether

in school classrooms programs or the JA capstone programs,

BizTown or Finance Park during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Junior Achievement of Pulaski County is seeking volunteers for this year’s programs. JA orients volunteers on how to utilize the

user-friendly materials and how to work with the students. Those

interested in making a positive impact by volunteering for Junior

Achievement should me at 574-721-7212 or julie.dyson@ja.org.

- Julie Dyson, area coordinator, Junior Achievement