It’s become a tradition – every year around this time, Junior Achievement invites some of it’s biggest supporters to go Back to School. We know that hearing about what JA does in the classroom is great, but it can’t compare to the experience of seeing it in action. When you have the chance to see the value of the lessons and how students react, it’s hard not to get excited about the power of JA!
To that end, a group of JA board members, Lincoln City Council members, LPS School Board members, and state senators recently visited Josh Haws’s seventh grade classroom at Lefler Middle School to learn about the “It’s My Future” JA middle school curriculum. Over the course of six lessons, students in “It’s My Future” explore potential careers, examine what goes into choosing a career, and learn about basic job-hunting tools. On the day of the Back to School event, the students were focusing on job interviews. Their job was to watch two people being interviewed for the same position, and then decide who they would hire and why. Then the guests got into the action, partnering up with students to compete in a scavenger hunt, finding tips about job hunting, resume writing, and other skills relating to career-building.
Every year, our valued supporters tell us that they come away from the Back to School event with a renewed appreciation for the value of Junior Achievement in the classrooms. The skills that students are learning – job hunting, interview skills, balancing a checkbook, managing a credit card, to name a few – are so basic and essential to functioning as a successful member of society. The Junior Achievement curriculum, especially when delivered by a mentor from the business community, makes those tools and skills accessible and exciting to students. We think that’s something worth supporting!