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Go Back to School... as a Junior Achievement Volunteer


NEWS RELEASE
 
For Immediate Release         
August 20, 2019
 
For More Information Contact:
Kim Rufen-Blanchette
Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc.
(907) 344-0101
krufen-blanchette@ja-alaska.org

@ Twitter/ja_alaska
 
Go Back to School…as a Junior Achievement Volunteer
 
As Kids Head Back to School, JA is Seeking Classroom Volunteers
 
 
 
Anchorage, AK —Back-to-school season is here. In the coming days, thousands of area students will be back in school to learn the “three R’s” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. But there is a fourth “R” that many students may be missing out on, and that’s “Relevance” as it relates to what they are learning in school and how it will apply later in life. Junior Achievement of Alaska (JAA) is seeking classroom volunteers to help students make that connection.
 
Research conducted by Junior Achievement and Survey Monkey shows that helping students link what they learn in school to life outside the classroom is one of the biggest concerns facing teachers. Junior Achievement recruits volunteers, primarily from the business community, to share their experience with students on subjects like managing money, career exploration and starting a business. In the process, students learn how volunteers used what they learned in school to become successful adults. The volunteers are supported by JA’s proven programs to create an experience that is beneficial for students and meaningful for volunteers.
 
“Our research shows that Junior Achievement alumni are more likely to finish high school and complete college because of their JA experience,” said Flora Teo, President of Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc. “The same research also shows that one-in-five JA alumni end up working in the same field as their JA volunteer, so the volunteers have a tremendous impact on students.”
 
JA offers programs in grades K through 12 in 55 Alaskan communities statewide. Volunteers are provided a 30 minute orientation on how to deliver the programs. Program materials are hands-on, engaging and simple to use. Often visits can be arranged at schools near a volunteer’s home or place of work and in some cases a volunteer may be able to participate at their own child’s school.
 
To learn more, visit alaska.ja.org.
 
About Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc.
Serving more than 15,000 statewide in 2019-2020, Junior Achievement of Alaska (JAA) provides hands-on, age-appropriate, experiential learning opportunities for K-12 students in Alaska.  Based in Anchorage, AK volunteers in local communities help recruit the volunteers needed in local classrooms.  JAA was established in Alaska in 1973 with the afterschool JA Company Program, and now has expanded learning opportunities across all grade levels.  Junior Achievement of Alaska is a member of Junior Achievement USA.  Visit www.ja.org for more information.
 
About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Celebrating its centennial in 2019, Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 106 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.