Author: Megan Sturges Stanfield
Published: Friday, 20 Nov 2020
Our community has faced numerous struggles, losses, and setbacks in 2020. A divisive election season, struggles to understand and address systematic inequality, a myriad of environmental disasters, and the ravages of a worldwide pandemic have taken their toll on the economy, on relationships with loved ones, coworkers, and friends, and on the next generation’s hopes for tomorrow.
From all of this, one thing has become abundantly clear: the challenges we face are endured and overcome more effectively when we face them together. When we look for what unites us and focus on taking action, we can rise above anything that stands in our way. This year, YOU have taught me that. This is why I have more to be grateful for than ever before. What am I counting my blessings for this season of gratitude? YOU.
Because of YOU, the JA Youth Learning Lab Campaign is more than 80 percent to its fundraising goal and well positioned to secure the remaining funding before doors open in 2021.
Because of YOU, JA kids have access to inspiring curriculum and guidance virtually to inspire them wherever they are learning, whether that be at home, in school, or somewhere else.
YOU understand how the pandemic has impacted the JA mission and have committed to continue your support, in many cases expanding your generosity to meet the increased need for the JA programs and the certainty they provide for young people’s futures.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
Every day it is an honor to witness your dedication to forging futures for Kansas City’s youth. Right now, kids need hope and certainty. Your involvement with Junior Achievement is providing that hope in communities across the metro.
When JA kids wonder what the future holds for them, when they question if they can achieve their dreams, when their vision for what life holds grows cloudy, you remind them what’s possible. For them and for their city. You give them hope. You give them certainty. That means everything to me. That is what I am grateful for this year.
Megan Sturges Stanfield, President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City