Empower a Young Person to Dream

This post is written by JA of Abilene Executive Director, Evan Simmons, and was originally published on September 3, 2015. It has been updated as of January 26, 2016.People often ask me "what is Junior Achievement?" My quick response is that Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit organization seeking to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through volunteer delivered financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness education programs.What I hope people do not hear is that I am an expert in teaching teens how to balance a check book. What I hope they catch is that JA is about experienced business professionals who spend their time sharing their expertise and experiences inspiring young people (Kindergarten through 12th-grade students) to dream about their own futures. Junior Achievement is about giving knowledge and skills young people need today to succeed tomorrow. But it?s also about opening an entire world of possibilities and potential that students may not have known was available! Entrepreneur Maricel Johns said this about her experience after volunteering with JA for her first time teaching JA Our Families? with a first grade class: "I ran into one of the first graders and her mom at a retail store later that evening. Her mother told me that she would not stop talking about the lessons that I taught her that day. It was fulfilling to see that I had an impact in her life." Later, Maricel volunteered came back, this time in a fourth grade classroom, teaching JA Our Region? . She said she " ? learned that children ? no matter their age ? can get excited to learn about financial literacy." A highlight for her is when "one student brought me a flower after recess - so sweet!" Another first time JA volunteer ? Dean Pye, a Licensed Marriage Family Therapy Associate ? said, "I loved the experience of interacting with the students. Their eagerness to learn and creative spirits were apparent as soon as they walked in the room. I was impressed by how much they wanted to learn about business concepts and how quickly they grasped them. I remember thinking how cool it would have been to have received the JA It?s My Business ? program when I was in the sixth grade."Maggie Branch, Jim Ned High School graduate (2015) and JA scholarship recipient attending Texas A&M University , said this about her JA Career Success ? volunteer ? Terrie Noland of Tuscola, TX: "Terrie was excited about what she taught us, always had some creative activity that helped to add perspective to the lesson she was teaching, and showed us how to properly speak in an interview, debate effectively, and stand up for what we believe in. My whole class was always excited to see what we would be doing next."JA is about inspiring people to dream about what they can become. JA is about empowering them to create a better future. Empower the future today by becoming a JA volunteer ? CLICK THIS LINK. Its easy for you. Its life changing for them.Spring 2015 JA Volunteer Needs: * JA Its My Future ? (7th grade) at Clyde Junior High School * JA Career Success ? (10th grade) at Clyde High School * JA Its My Business ?(6th grade) at Wylie Middle School * JA Its My Future ? (8th grade) at Craig Middle School * JA Our City ? (3rd grade) at Austin Elementary School * JA Our City ? (3rd grade) at Lee Elementary School * JA Our City ? (3rd grade) at Wylie Intermediate School * JA Our Community ? (2nd Grade) at Austin Elementary School * JA Our Community ? (2nd Grade) at Lee Elementary School * JA Our Community ? (2nd Grade) at Taylor Elementary School * JA Our Families ? (1st Grade) at Austin Elementary School * JA Our Families ? (1st Grade) at Lee Elementary School * JA Our Nation ? (5th Grade) at Austin Elementary School * JA Our Nation ? (5th Grade) at Lee Elementary School * JA Our Nation ? (5th Grade) at Wylie Middle School * JA Our Region ? (4th Grade) at Austin Elementary School * JA Our Region ? (4th Grade) at Lee Elementary School * JA Our Region ? (4th Grade) at Wylie Intermediate School * JA Ourselves ? (Kindergarten) at Austin Elementary School * JA Ourselves ? (Kindergarten) at Lee Elementary School * JA Personal Finance? (12th grade) at Abilene High School * JA Personal Finance? (12th grade) at Baird High School * JA Personal Finance - Blended ? (12th grade) at Brownwood High School

Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of Black Forest.

Donate Volunteer Request A Program

Any questions? Contact us!



We use cookies to provide you a personalized experience. How we do this is by analyzing user behavior on our site and sharing data with our advertising and analytics partners. You consent to our cookie policy if you continue to use this website.