CVC-TC Associate Member Spotlight: Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing today’s young people to succeed in an increasingly complex global economy. In 2019, JA is celebrating 100 years as a national organization

Students learn about construction careers at JA BizTown’s Construction Center, sponsored by Mortenson.

and 70 years in the Upper Midwest. JA teaches students in grades K-12 how to manage money, how to prepare for a career, and how to open and run a business. As a result, students are empowered to make a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it can be applied in the real world, thereby enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. These relevant, experiential programs are offered at little or no cost to schools and align with national and local curriculum standards. Each year JA partners with more than 10,000 volunteers across the Upper Midwest, mostly business professionals, who serve as role models to help students envision a successful future.

Students learn about construction careers at JA BizTown’s Construction Center, sponsored by Mortenson.

At the end of 2018, JA moved its headquarters from Maplewood, where it had been for 18 years, to a more centrally-located facility in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. Their new state-of-the-art facility, the Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center, houses three experiential learning labs that use the power of hands-on learning to educate today’s youth. At JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, students learn how to run a successful business, manage their finances, and prepare for a career. Through their experience, students are inspired to think differently about job opportunities as they develop the hard and soft skills needed to reach their full potential. The third

learning lab is the JA Innovation Incubator, which is the first of its kind among JA offices around the world. This unique space provides entrepreneurial resources to high school students who are starting their own business with the help of professional mentors.

Students from the JA Meda Fellows Program, a program aimed at cultivating young minority entrepreneurs, meet with their mentors in the new JA Innovation Incubator.

 

U.S. Bank employee and JA volunteer, Andy Valles, delivers JA’s fun, hands-on programs to first grade students.

The impact JA is able to make on local communities would not be possible without committed volunteers who work with students each and every day. Volunteers help deliver JA elementary and middle school programs to classrooms across the Upper Midwest’s three-state region, teaching students how to succeed in school and beyond. Volunteers are also critical to the success of JA high school programs as they work directly with youth to help them prepare for a future career. With more than 7,700 volunteers in the Twin Cities alone, JA relies on strong corporate partners that support the organization by providing hundreds of thousands of employee volunteer hours. Learn how you and your company can get involved and make an impact by clicking here.

“This is the most rewarding volunteer experience that I have had. The students were very engaged in the material and it felt great to help them learn. I will definitely do JA again in the future.” – JA volunteer
CVC-TC Associate Member Spotlight

 

Students from the JA Meda Fellows Program, a program aimed at cultivating young minority entrepreneurs, meet with their mentors in the new JA Innovation Incubator.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

For more information, email Amy Podlesak or check out Junior Achievement's website