Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit organization that provides age-appropriate programs for youth in grades K-12, focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career exploration. People’s United Charitable Foundation (People’s United Bank), is a long-time supporter of JA’s mission. The People’s United Bank Foundation has provided the funding for all the materials and People’s United Bank employees volunteered to present the programs in the classrooms.
Students in grade four participated in a range of activities to increase their understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur. Students engaged in learning activities that explored the traits of an entrepreneur and deepened their knowledge of human, capital, and natural resources in different regions of the country and the impact on business, and the finances and problem solving of running a business.
In grade eight, students investigated types of careers based on skills, interests, and values. Students explored the importance and impact of education and work skill development on career offerings. In addition, students deepened their understanding of gross and net income, taxes, opportunity costs, credit, and the value of different types of insurance coverages.
We are really appreciative of Junior Achievement and People’s United Bank for partnering with BFA Fairfax to provide this important learning opportunity for our students. The content and activities were engaging and relevant. The program made direct connections to the Common Core State Standards and provided an authentic opportunity to engage with the Vermont Transferable Skills. We had a great day of learning and encourage other schools to participate in this program.
For more information about the Junior Achievement program, contact Jennifer Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org.