2021 IN REVIEW - YOU helped Junior Achievement kids focus on what lies ahead!
Author: Megan Sturges Stanfield
Published: Monday, 13 Dec 2021
Image caption: Junior Achievement Kids
Where has 2021 flown? The grand opening of JA BizTown presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union and the Junior Achievement Youth Learning Lab presented by the Mallouk Family Foundation seems like only a few days ago. I blinked, and the goals we envisioned during the capital campaign were realized. We have come so far!
Now, because of YOU, Kansas City kids see the relevancy of what they’ve learned in their classroom. Young people can put their ideas into action, discover their strengths and passions, and imagine in sharp detail career paths they never knew existed before their Junior Achievement experience. It has been an honor to witness the hope and potential YOU, a Junior Achievement champion, have made possible for children in Kansas City.
Since the arrival of the pandemic, children, parents, and schools have struggled to safeguard the sacred institution of learning. It is an incredible challenge to create a physically safe and emotionally nurturing classroom environment when uncertainty is the only certainty. Junior Achievement champions were key to bringing normalcy and confidence back to student’s lives.
YOU helped Junior Achievement kids focus on what lies ahead and gave them the grit to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to build a bright future.
YOU infused classrooms and fieldtrips with an outside perspective, prompting young people to consider how what they learn can be used beyond the walls of their school.
YOU opened your heart, lifting your voice to advocate for the futures of children and lay strong foundations for the next generation of Kansas City leaders, thinkers, and doers.
Together, we’ve done much this year. But this is only the beginning. Equitable opportunities for ALL Kansas City kids to achieve economic mobility have yet to be achieved, so our work continues.
In 2022, Junior Achievement is leading the way with initiatives that will transform the educational landscape in Kansas City. The rollout of the 3DE learning model, cutting-edge Innovation Center and Career Center experiences, and increased access to JA BizTown fieldtrips will create a meaningful bridge between traditional classroom learning and real-world application.
Image caption: Jade Needs Your Help to Have a Junior Achievement Experience in 2022!
Your efforts have brought us this opportunity. An opportunity to redefine connection and relevancy. An opportunity to imagine a new direction for our children and our city. For our kids to thrive, Junior Achievement needs your continued support and investment to succeed. We are excited for what 2022 holds for kids, but we can’t make it happen without YOU.
Guarantee children access to impactful Junior Achievement experiences in 2022 with a gift today.
We need to raise $30,000 by December 31 to ensure Kansas City kids have access to Junior Achievement experiences which empower them to find their passions and design promising careers.
In an incredible act of generosity, BOK Financial stepped up to provide a $2,000 match towards individual gifts made before December 25. I need your help to make sure every cent of this match is secured.
Please read Jade’s story and consider making a tax-deductible gift today to connect her to experiential learning opportunities in 2022. YOU can ensure Jade, and her classmates, have the chance to engage in a transformative Junior Achievement experience in 2022!
Megan Sturges Stanfield, President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City