Op-Ed

Junior Achievement teaches about business

Junior Achievement was established in 1919 and had about 150 volunteers in 2015.

Purpose: Junior Achievement is dedicated to giving students from kindergarten through 12th grade the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement helps young people develop the competence, confidence and character needed for success in school, work and life.

Volunteer highlights: A portion of a recently received thank you note from a Junior Achievement volunteer:

“There have been days when I have been exhausted lately and having to put on a happy face and go to teach a Junior Achievement class seems impossible. Then I get there and realize, how can a person be sad when being greeted by 20 little 5-years-olds running up to give you hugs and being so excited that you have taken 30 minutes out of your day to spend with them? Needless to say, it is very easy to turn my frown upside down… Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for this opportunity.”

Signature fundraiser: Our Junior Achievement Bowling Classic is being held on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Park Bowl 4175 Meridian.

Wish list: Junior Achievement is made possible through the generosity of our donors and volunteers. We gladly accept volunteers and monetary donations of any size to support delivery of our programs.

Current volunteer needs: Junior Achievement volunteers change lives. One caring adult can recognize the potential in a young person that might have been missed by others. By becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer, you can empower young people to succeed in school, work and life.

For more information, go online to jawashington.org.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April was National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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