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Your involvement in these children’s lives gives them the real-world connection they need now more than ever.

 

Image caption: Megan Sturges Stanfield, Junior Achievement President & CEO

October heralds the official start of Autumn. It brings with it a few of my favorite things: crisp breezes, cozy sweaters, and warm tea. Last week, I added a new-found joy to this year’s fall favorites list: hearing the excited voices of students as they walk into JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Last Friday, we hosted our very first group of 5th graders hailing from Caruthers Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas. The kids shared their day at JA BizTown with talented volunteers from Honeywell FMNT.

This year, educators have been tasked with the challenge of reigniting their student’s love of learning in extraordinarily difficult times. I am proud of how Junior Achievement champions have supported teachers to help students overcome learning loss caused by the Pandemic. At last week’s JA BizTown session, I watched as the adults patiently helped kids learn to navigate their job roles and responsibilities. Students honed critical thinking, data interpretation, and time management skills as they worked alongside their peers. I witnessed first-hand how JA BizTown brings abstract concepts to life for the kids.

Your involvement in these children’s lives gives them the real-world connection they need now more than ever. When you partner with Junior Achievement, you play a crucial role in helping kids understand how what they learn in the classroom plays a critical role in building a bright future. I needed that moment in JA BizTown and wish I could bottle it up and share with you as well. It caused a feeling of deep pride and gratitude to wash over me. Pride and gratitude for what YOU have made possible this year. 

In a few short weeks, there will be another big event in JA BizTown for the kids at heart. On Tuesday, November 9 the space will host the 21st annual Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees are a special group, and I am excited to celebrate their inspirational journeys and accomplishments. Their contributions highlight the importance of collaboration, loyalty, persistence, and community spirit. These characteristics are crucial to pass on to Junior Achievement kids – the next generation of Kansas City leaders.

At the Hall of Fame event, I am excited to share a piece of news that has been years in the making. With the successful completion of the capital campaign project in 2021, I am looking forward to announcing the next big step in moving the Junior Achievement mission forward. Trust me, it is a transformational opportunity for Kansas City kids and for our city as a whole.

I can’t wait to gather in less than three weeks to celebrate our honorees and to reflect on the progress you have made possible for JA kids. Together, we have helped teach kids crucial financial decision-making skills and cultivate their entrepreneurial mindset so they can find their passion and design a promising career. THANK YOU for continuing to be a guiding light of hope and wisdom for Junior Achievement kids as they forge ahead in defining their life’s purpose.

Megan Sturges Stanfield

President & Chief Executive Officer

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

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