About Junior Achievement Our Mission To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Teaches K-12 students the basics of business and life skills by partnering with local companies and their employees Provides volunteers with turn-key lesson plans and materials focusing on economic education
The Need for and Value of JA The relevancy of JA’s “Pillars of Success,” work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy has never been greater Your employees want to connect with their communities and appreciate when you reinforce the opportunity Independent evaluation shows: JA works
The Need for Supplemental Financial Literacy Education Has Never Been Greater Chicago Public School students need support 54% of students graduated in 20081 42% dropout rate in 20081 Teens want to learn Half of teens (50%) express an interest in learning more about managing money2 76% say they want to learn about the basics of finance now because it will help them make better financial decisions down the road2 Employment opportunities in management, business and financial fields are expected to increase 10% by 2016³ Financially literate students will be better able to take advantage of opportunities in these fields (1) Chicago Public Schools Office of Research, Evaluation and Accountability (2) Capital One Back-to-School Survey 2008 (3)U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2009
Meet Jeffrey Jeffrey is a 13-year-old in the Chicago Public Schools. Even though his parents never went to college, he’s always had the dream of “making it.” Sometimes Jeffrey gets discouraged when he hears his friends talk about dropping out when they get halfway through high school because they think they can make more money. Jeffrey thinks he can defy the odds. He’s good at math and has always wondered how he could own his own business…
Meet Maria Maria is in first grade and always asks “why?” She is eager to learn and curious about people. When guests come to visit the class, Maria’s focus is intense, and it’s easy to see how much she gets out of new lessons.
Meet Aaron Aaron is an eager volunteer. He’s very interested in learning more about how his new employer gives back to the community. He really wants to get involved and is seeking out activities where he can make a difference.
You and Your Employees Benefit With Community Connections Volunteerism Enhances Workforce Recruitment 79% of Millennials want to work for a company that cares how it impacts or contributes to society1 62% of Millennials prefer to work for a company that provides opportunities for them to apply their skills to benefit nonprofit organizations2 Volunteerism Increases Employee Satisfaction 65% of Gen Y employees say an employer’s social and environmental activities make them feel loyal to the company1 76% of Millennials believe volunteerism is an opportunity to advance their leadership skills2 Volunteerism Builds Professional Development Activities 40% of salaried employees actively look for opportunities to use their workplace skills when they volunteer3 91% of HR executives believe that pro bono service would add value to training and development programs3 Employees who participated in volunteer programs were more prone to pursue promotion and development activities in the months following participation in volunteer programs4 (1) Cone Millennial Study, 2006 (2) Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey (3) Taproot Pro Bono Action Tank, 2007,(4) JA Worldwide, 2009
A Strong Record of Success Nearly 4 million students have been reached in Chicago in the last 70 years JA reached more than 380,000 students in 2008-2009 Over 3% growth in fiscal 2008-2009 from previous year Educators rate the JA program a 9.3 on a 10 point scale Over 8% growth in volunteers projected for fiscal 2010, to over 13,000 volunteers Board of Directors includes 56 Chairmen, CEOs and Presidents, 36 EVPs and SVPs, and 20 Regional and Managing Partners Low cost model – only $15 to reach each student per year No United Way or government funding
JA Makes It Easy to Get Involved Turn-key kit provides lesson plan and all materials for fun and engaging activities Very manageable time commitments, with different options to meet employees’ busy calendars JA in a Day: one half-day in class, or Weekly classroom visits of an hour or less Visits’ length and frequency varies by grade level: Elementary school: 5 visits, 30-45 minutes each Middle school: 6-8 visits, 40-50 minutes each High school: 5-15 visits, 50-60 minutes each
Elementary School Programs (K -5th Grade) (5-6 classroom visits, 30-45 minutes each) Provides K-5th grade students with an opportunity to understand the world of economics with engaging, hands-on activities that correlate with the Illinois State Standards. This sequential learning approach helps students better understand the economic world. Middle Grade Programs (6th -8thGrade) (6-8 classroom visits, 40-50 minutes each) Introduces students to economic concepts and information about the world of work through group work and activities while stressing the importance of an education and staying in school. 260,000 Students in 2010 81,000 Students in 2010 JA’s unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to ensure a positive classroom experience.
49,000 Students in 2010 High School Programs (9th - 12th Grade)(5-15 classroom visits, 50-60 minutes each) Volunteers bring real-life business experience and guidance into the classroom at a time when young people face an important crossroad in their lives. These programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future and foster skills that will be useful in business.
Proven Impact Kids in JA elementary school programs are stronger problem solvers than those who don’t experience JA Middle school students boost their business knowledge Students in JA high school programs are more likely to aspire to college and beyond
Today’s Greatest Needs As Junior Achievement of Chicago continues to deliver on its mission during uncertain times, the goal of identifying new corporate volunteer sources has never been greater. Additionally, high school program outreach continues to be a priority. Areas with the Greatest Volunteer Needs: Central Region Chicago Southside Northern Region Southern Cook County Glenview, Evanston, Skokie Western Region Elgin, Aurora Joliet Northwest Indiana
Whole School Program Partnership Through the Whole School Program, an organization selects a partner school and provides the volunteers and funding necessary to bring JA programs to all its classrooms. Company Responsibilities:
Provide volunteers for all classes
Identify a volunteer coordinator to promote the partnership internally & to work with JA
Partnership Opportunities Accept a leadership role with Junior Achievement Offer employees opportunity to volunteer by teaching a JA class in a selected school Provide funding for classrooms -- $500 per class Provide JA with a company contact to serve as the liaison to recruit and plan the volunteer activities Partner with a Whole School by providing volunteers and funding for all classes Consider participating in one or more special events or cause-related marketing opportunities Donate an auction item for JA to use at a special event
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