By KENDRA BLEVINS
Brian Jackson, development manager of Junior Achievement, has come full circle since he first worked with a JA volunteer in high school.
He was a sophomore at Charles Page H.S. in Sand Springs when he met the Junior Achievement volunteer that got him thinking about his future.
“This was not just a teacher lecturing,” says Jackson.
During economics class, he received special instruction from the volunteer who was a banker. The students were taught how to run their own companies, complete with a chain of command, a product and budget.
The experience inspired him to go to college to learn more about business. After high school he attended Tulsa Community College and graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a degree in marketing.
Since then, Jackson has campaigned for an elected state office twice, and now helps to provide inspiration to students across Northeast Oklahoma.
“My role in Junior Achievement sends me out to the community to create, develop, and continue quality relationships,” he says.
Jackson says that the JA relationships result in the recruiting and training of hundreds of adult volunteers to help teach nearly 36,000 students in K-12 classrooms. Junior Achievement uses hands on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. It’s through these partnerships with businesses and educators that Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential.