Author: Megan Sturges Stanfield
Published: Monday, 23 Aug 2021
This back-to-school season has a familiar air of uncertainty. This time last year, parents, teachers, and schools were redefining what education meant in the shadow of a pandemic. Together, we pivoted through remote learning, mask wearing, and helping kids understand learning was more important than ever before. Now, a year later, we are still navigating what feels like the same landscape and conversations.
The toll on students, especially those living in communities with an already steeper climb to success due to economic, racial, and opportunity inequalities, has been stark. A recent study conducted by Junior Achievement showed that 9 out of every 10 teens feel that they need additional support this school year. Nearly 40% believe the past year put them behind in their education and worry it may be permanent. 1 in every 3 students want additional emotional support from caring adults in their lives.
The message is clear: children need Junior Achievement Champions…they need YOU. Kids need you volunteering virtually and in-person to lead programs that help them develop competencies which prepare them for critical decision making. They need you to financially sponsor their classroom lessons and trips to JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, where they can practice what they’ve learned in a safe, fun environment before the high stakes of adulthood. They need you to mentor and connect them to a bigger picture of what their future can look like with hard work and persistence.
For good or for bad, the world as we know it has changed. We must persist in defending the potential of young people – our future. Junior Achievement is counting on YOU to empower kids this fall with opportunities to learn and grow, while at the same time ensuring their safety and wellness. Sign up for an upcoming volunteer opportunity. Organize an internal fundraiser to benefit Junior Achievement. Reach out to me to explore how your path to success can inspire a child to define their own. Junior Achievement kids are counting on us, trusted adults, to support their success this school year and beyond.
THANK YOU for walking in solidarity with Junior Achievement students over the past year. Your commitment to their future, and to the future of our community, is crucial as we work towards a brighter tomorrow together.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City