Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

School News

March 26, 2012

Junior Achievement launched at CCHS

CROSSVILLE — J.D. Atkinson, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, believes teaching young people how to manage their economic futures is an important outcome of Junior Achievement and a critically important step in young people’s success for the future.

Atkinson said, “It really makes me encouraged when I see the enthusiasm the students show for the material and how quickly they understand the implications for their futures.”

According to the Junior Achievement (JA) website at ja.org, “Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.” For these reasons Crossville’s Youth Achievement Foundation is working with the Cumberland County School system to introduce and expand JA offerings at no cost to the taxpayer. 

“Junior Achievement impacts 4 million U.S. students in more than 176,000 classrooms. With the help of 178,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.”

Atkinson said, “Volunteering in the classroom and working with these young people is a really satisfying way to give back to the community and to stay in touch with our future leaders. I’m encouraged by what I see! I’d encourage anyone who is concerned with the future to explore volunteering with JA as a way to make a difference.

As part of the JA experience, 150 fifth grade students from Stone Elementary and Homestead Elementary recently took part in Junior Achievement’s Biztown in Clinton. The students spent the day running Biztown March 23. Biztown is a facility at JA of East TN in Clinton. It is a "city" made up of 16 businesses and city hall. Students go through a process where they apply for jobs at a business, they elect a mayor, they are assigned a job, they help with the preparation of their business plan, and they go to Biztown to run their business and participate in the city for a day. It is a great experience for the students to learn about business, to learn how to manage a checkbook and their money, and to learn what they like about different aspects of work.

The Youth Achievement Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote JA in the Cumberland County school system. If you would like to volunteer or donate to support JA in our schools please contact the Youth Achievement Foundation’s Colleen Widemon at 931-484-9958.

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