Letter: Junior Achievement needs your help

To the editor:

The Wolf River District Junior Achievement program has enjoyed great support and success from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort here many years ago.

However, there still are many local citizens unfamiliar with its programs, initiatives and goals.

The local Wolf River Junior Achievement District is comprised of Shawano and Menominee counties, including the Menominee Indian Nation, and is one of 12 Junior Achievement of Wisconsin districts. It is also part of the national Junior Achievement USA program.

JA works to find local volunteers that go into the area classrooms with an established curriculum of interactive training materials unique to each grade level. Its purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

JA programs teach students about entrepreneurship and owning their own business, so they can be successful and remain a part of our local business community.

JA programs help students prepare for the world of work by teaching them what employers expect from employees and how to be a contributing member of the workforce and business team.

JA programs also teach students financial literacy skills, such as budgeting so they can manage their finances and make smart choices throughout their careers and lives.
These key initiatives are not required to be a part of the regular school curriculum and are a valuable resource for educators.

The local Junior Achievement also holds an annual Business Challenge in February, a daylong competition for teams of local students. Teams are made up of three students and a local business owner or representative who coaches them on how to run a business, understand all the decision-making required, etc. The winning teams receive scholarships to advance their education.

Just this past 2016-17 school year, Junior Achievement, Wolf River District:

• Provided 130 programs in 11 schools.

• Reached 2,626 students.

• Partnered with 96 teachers.

• Worked with 96 volunteers representing more than 50 local businesses.

• Awarded a total of $5,250 in scholarship monies to seven local students.

The Wolf River Junior Achievement annual fund drive has begun. We ask you to consider donating your time, talents and/or resources in support of our 2017-18 programming to reach at least 2,650 students in 12 area schools.

We believe that Junior Achievement provides vitally important programs to better prepare students so that they are able to own their success in the local community and the global economy.

For information on how you can volunteer or donate to help us locally, please contact the local director, Sandy Ebbinger, at 715-851-0698 or sebbinger@jawis.org.

Can we and the students count on you?

Karen Palmer,

Shawano