Author: Megan Sturges Stanfield
Published: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021
Collaboration. Partnership. Teamwork. In every Junior Achievement experience, kids practice these crucial competencies to prepare themselves to become engaged participants in their future workplace and community. When you join forces with Junior Achievement, you show kids how much you value their future. This September, JA volunteers, donors, and partners have gone above and beyond to model these behaviors and provide life change opportunities for Junior Achievement kids.
Tours of JA BizTown, Presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, and the Junior Achievement Youth Learning Lab, Presented by the Mallouk Family Foundation, were plentiful this month. It seemed like each visit sparked another new idea, event opportunity, or referral to move the mission forward. The overwhelming influx of your interest in advancing the Junior Achievement mission has been incredible.
Each day, another community partner asks how they can show up in bigger and better ways for JA young people. Time and again, I hear testimonials from visitors about how Junior Achievement impacted their childhood and how they want to pay it forward for the next generation of JA students. In the past weeks alone, we’ve formed several exciting new relationships. I can’t announce all of them yet, but I can share a few of them below. Keep an eye out for more official announcements on the near horizon!
Junior Achievement is teaming up with the University of Kansas Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Class to conduct research that will ground our volunteering and fundraising efforts in the coming months. JA has formed a new connection with the Historic Colleges and Black Universities (HBCU) Walking Billboard team. They were overwhelmed by the alignment of our programs to their goals and decided to weave JA programs into their high school mentorship program. Finally, Junior Achievement has been named the charity beneficiary for a Play4JA Jigsaw Puzzle Competition by Just One Day Travel Tours, a Junior Achievement alumni-owned business!
I am blown away by the innovative ideas you dream up and put into action to support and inspire Junior Achievement kids. You are showing them what can be accomplished through the power of intention and determination. You are demonstrating how they can take their unique passions and turn them into impact and change for their community. THANK YOU for being a passionate and tireless advocate of the Junior Achievement mission and of the potential of children in our community!
President & Chief Executive Officer
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City