Provide Real-World Skills to Southern MA Students

Goal: $ 50000

No of Donation: 108

 

 

Goal: $ 50000
Amount Raised: $ 9865
Remaining : $ 40135
No of Donation : 108
Category : Education
Url : http://www.jasouthernma.org
Contact Number : 508-997-6536
Address : 227 Union Street
State : New Bedford
City : MA
Country : US
Zipcode : 02740

Challenge

High school graduates are more likely to live productive lives and contribute to the well-being of their communities. Yet every day an estimated 7,000 students drop out of high school. In Southern MA, the dropout crisis has a devastating impact on the health of our economy. Young people who drop out are twice as likely as graduates to be unemployed and 3 times as likely to live in poverty. JA programs contribute to the vitality of communities and the availability of a well-educated workforce.

Solution

The mission of Junior Achievement is to empower young people to own their economic success. An important mission carried out by passionate people. We are excited by the changes taking place in students, schools, families and our community through the work of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. We bring students, educators, volunteers and the community together so that we can help our young people make intelligent financial and career decisions and achieve success. During the 2012-13 school year, about 130 volunteers from nearly 40 companies administered 212 programs across our service area, impacting a total of 4,425 students - of which 50% were identified as "high need." Our goal for the 2013-2014 academic year is to achieve sustainable growth by increasing the number of students impacted to at least 4,600.
Work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills are essential to young people as they make educational and career decisions. Trained, engaged corporate and community volunteers will partner with Junior Achievement to inspire more than 4,500 students throughout Southern Massachusetts during the 2014-15 academic year.

Long-Term Impact

JA provides young people with the tools they'll need to make smart academic, financial and career decisions. Using postive role models from the community and hands-on activities that enhance the classroom experience, we help prepare students for the real world by teaching financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship skills. Our goal is to lower the dropout rate, increase economic literacy and emphasize the importance of education, especially with "at risk" youth.

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