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Junior Achievement Of Southeastern Michigan

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Causes: Economic Development, Education, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Mission: The organization is dedicated to educating students in grades kindergarten through twelve about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiental, hands-on programs. The programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entreprenurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, and learn the value of contributing to their communities. Ja's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of ja, the classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of the lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

Programs: Traditional programs - junior achievement's unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. At the teacher's invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to present 5-8 lessons in the classroom during the semester. The volunteers share their workforce experience with the students, all while teaching lessons focusing on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship that reinforce the classroom curricula. A series of sequential programs are available for kindergarten through twelfth grade. These programs correlate to education standards.

ja finance park - the quicken loans ja finance park program is a reality based hands-on simulation for middle and high school students that enables them to build foundations for making intelligent lifelong personal finance decisions. Students create personal budgets and are introduced to transportation, banking, clothing, education, communications, entertainment, food, furniture, healthcare, housing, insurance, investing, mortgage, non-profit and utility industries and careers. Most of all, the hands-on nature of the program helps students develop a realistic understanding of the economic issues they'll face upon graduation and in life.

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