President & CEO, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
We find that when children understand the relevance of what they’re learning and how it will affect their future, it sparks a new excitement in them.
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization. We work with business people, teachers, and educators to prepare students to succeed in the global economy.
Most of what we do happens in the classroom. We partner with nearly 10,000 volunteers, mostly business professionals, to deliver our programs to local K-12 students. We help address the social studies, language arts, and math standards, but we teach it through the eyes of business in order to really bring relevance to a child’s traditional education.
For example, we focus on teaching math through personal finance, or social studies through an election and the students’ role in a democracy. It’s a really eye-opening way for children to understand how their traditional education will be applied in their future, and perhaps is already being applied. For the students, being exposed to industries, business people, and workplaces helps them to envision their future. We want them to aspire to obtain jobs and develop skills for the companies that reside here in Minnesota.