Our children are the future. Their education and preparedness for the workforce will be determinants of that future.Too often, today's at-risk youth are disconnected from both school and work because of familial, academic and economic challenges they face every day. A recent study found a major reason students drop out of school is because they do not see a correlation between academics and the challenges of their lives. Junior Achievement is a solution provider and help to bridge that gap.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
A recent study found a major reason students drop out of school is because they do not see a correlation between academics and the challenges of their lives. These challenges are amplified for young people residing in our nation's inner cities and most underserved communities, where overcrowded classrooms, high crime rates, negative peer pressure,single-parent families, and hunger are the norm. However, 1.3 million students failed to graduate last year, and 15 million more will join them by 2020
How will this project solve this problem?
A sound understanding of the principles of what it takes to start and run a business is self-defense for all citizens, especially our at-risk, under-served youth. An investment to teach them now about entrepreneurship will pay off in terms of a more robust workforce for tomorrow. JA helps bridge critical gaps in students' understanding of business practices and entrepreneurship with financial literacy education and mentoring that positively influence young people's decision-making.
Potential Long Term Impact
In a national survey conducted by JAUSA, 76% of responding students stated that JA programs encouraged them to stay in school. Teachers (95%) & volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates. Both teachers & volunteers agree that JA students work together better as a team and are more capable of making group responses.
Total Funding Received to Date: $64,206
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $794
Total Funding Goal: $65,000