Letter: Junior Achievement begins annual fund drive

To the editor:

Why support Junior Achievement? Simply said, JA works.

Evidence indicates today’s students lack basic money management concepts as well as the skills needed to be effective employees.
Recent studies show the following:

• Over one third of parents do not discuss financial matters with their children, but 84 percent of teens say their parents are their source of information about money management. (All State Foundation Survey 2015)

• Overall, students who drop out are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live in poverty, eight times as likely to end up in prison, and two times as likely to become a parent of a dropout.

While our educational system continues to struggle with budget cuts and rising educational costs, Junior Achievement provides relevant, meaningful, hands-on learning to bridge the gap and ensure that today’s young people are well-prepared for an economically successful future.

Outcomes and highlights from student and teacher program evaluations include the following:

• Compared to students in general, JA students report increased confidence in making decisions, setting personal and financial goals, and taking more responsibility for their behavior.

• For 11 years in a row, elementary school teachers rate Junior Achievement a 3.5 or better on a four-point scale for overall content, effectiveness and success.

• 92 percent of JA alumni report they could successfully compete in a business environment verses only 45 percent of non-JA participants.

Please consider making a donation and/or volunteering with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin today. With your help, approximately 2,700 Wolf River District students will be empowered to own their own economic success in 2017-18, while positively impacting our communities and creating a brighter future for us all.

To donate or serve as a volunteer, or for more information about JA programs in the Wolf River District, contact Sandy Ebbinger at 715-851-0698 or sebbinger@jawis.org, or visit http://wisconsin.ja.org.

Sandy Ebbinger,

JA district director