Author: Megan Sturges Stanfield
Published: Thursday, 06 Aug 2020
Summer is nearing its end. In past years that means school supply shopping, preparing classrooms, and a sense of new beginnings with opportunity. However, for many this back to school season's uncertainty around COVID-19 is bringing feelings of anxiety. School districts, teachers, and parents around the country are working hard to ensure children can continue learning and growing.
We are all struggling to understand and weigh the implications of choosing between in-person schooling, virtual learning, or some blend of the two. Ensuring the safety of students, their families, and the community is at the forefront of our minds at JAKC. We seek to be responsive to the needs of both educators and families in this time of flux. The young people JAKC serves are in the greatest jeopardy of falling behind academically with schools in Missouri and Kansas conducting classes virtually or opening at reduced capacity with limited resources for the foreseeable future.
Despite the uncertainty of the current health crisis and enormous challenges to ensure successful learning this school year, Junior Achievement's mission remains the same: to provide a comprehensive financial education that equips K-12 students across Kansas City to navigate lifelong financial decisions. In fact, the need for JAKC programming is even greater than before. Junior Achievement is committed to listening to and working alongside you to shape how our community continues to impart knowledge and skills for success in Kansas City's youth.
We are working closely with school administrators to determine how JA can support learning this school year. We are expecting most JA experiences will happen during the second semester. Because we do not know if volunteers will be allowed in schools this year, JA staff, along with the team at JA USA, are working to provide innovative virtual programs. These new options will ensure students can learn JA concepts and get to know you, their trusted role model and volunteer, even if that volunteer cannot physically be in their classroom.
Additionally, we will be working with supporters, like you, in the coming months to discuss volunteering and investment options. We need to provide relief to individuals and families adversely impacted by current circumstances. We also need to invest time now to prepare our students for a better tomorrow. The optimal time to teach life concepts such as money management, to build the connection between education and careers, and to foster entrepreneurial curiosity is when learners are young. Failure to teach these concepts to young people now is a missed opportunity that will have a high societal cost down the road.
Your support is needed now more than ever. KC kids are counting on us to help them learn and thrive. Thank you for your continued belief in the mission of Junior Achievement!