July 2019 Kudos of the Month: Junior Achievement

INSPIRING STUDENTS: Junior Achievement of Oklahoma inspired more than 59,300 students statewide during the 2018-2019 school year.

Junior Achievement, celebrating its 100th year, is a volunteer-delivered organization that encourages students from kindergarten through 12th grade to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and to provide experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.
JA volunteers are business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the foundation of the organization. They provide experiential learning opportunities for students, both in and out of the classroom.
JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them have a bright future tomorrow. Its unique, volunteer-delivered programs show students all of the possibilities that lay before them. The students begin to realize they can choose different paths: College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through volunteer participation, be it organizations or individuals, the following statistics below can begin to change in the nation’s communities:
• 20 percent of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
• 49 percent of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
• 36 percent of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
• 91 percent of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
For more information, visit www.jaok.org.