"Will 2020 ever end?" I’m sure you, like me, had this thought more than once in the past twelve months.
Though the struggles and divides brought to the forefront by the events of the past year have not disappeared, still the arrival of 2021 is something I have looked forward to. Milestones in the calendar bring opportunities for reflection and for turning over a new page. They create a sense of renewed energy and a refreshed perspective on roadblocks that previously seemed insurmountable.
This school year, schools and educators have been tasked with continuing to educate young people in a constantly shifting environment. Racial injustice, political division, and the COVID-19 public health crisis cast deep shadows on learning in 2020. However, with strife also comes opportunity to innovate, to change, to grow.
YOU and your partnership with Junior Achievement empowered JA kids to continue moving towards bright futures. Today, young people in Kansas City have the hope and inspiration they need to maximize their potential because of your commitment to showing them what is possible.
As we strike out into this new year, your ongoing support is critical to ensuring students stay motivated to explore how they can impact their world. Young people can learn so much from watching us work together to build a society that rises above hatred, division, and blind self-interest. There is no denying that there is much work to be done this year, and in coming years, to ensure every child in KC has the skills, tool, and confidence to secure a choice-filled future. But I hope you are as proud as I am at what you’ve achieved for JA kids in the past year.
I hope you share my excitement for the ways you will empower JA kids to grow in 2021 through JA BizTown, classroom programs, career fairs, job shadows, and more…all supported by you and the generosity of our amazing Kansas City community.
In the words of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, “There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to BE it.”
Thank you for your bravery in 2020 and for being that light in the futures of our young people.