Bernard Gillis, left, of Metro Credit Union, and Doug Bridges, also from Metro, present a donation on behalf of the credit union to Michelle Burge, second left, chairwoman of the board of directors of Junior Achievement, and Betty Ferguson, president of JA P.E.I. Junior Achievement of P.E.I.'s business and economic education programs are delivered free to Island schools. Guardian photo
Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island is heading back to the classroom to deliver hands-on experiential learning to students in primary through to grade 12.
The organization is seeking the involvement of students, volunteers, educators and business leaders for the 2013-2014 school year.
Junior Achievement (JA) programs are co-curricular and support both rural and urban students in both French and English. Junior Achievement’s objective is to help youth understand business, develop confidence and leadership skills and become innovators.
“Junior Achievement plays an important role in helping students to learn, grow, and prepare for their future” says JA of P.E.I. president and CEO Betty Ferguson.
“We provide students with an amazing opportunity to collaborate with business leaders to build new skills and gain new perspectives. JA also provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to share their business knowledge with students directly, which helps them to learn to be responsible with money, the value of higher education, and how to be successful in business.”
Junior Achievement partners with educators, donors and volunteers from the business community to deliver programs through a variety of activities, discussions, and exercises that bring real world business practices and experiences into the classroom.
Serving over 4,300 students annually, JA of P.E.I. offers five signature programs: Our Community, Our Country, Our Business World, Economics for Success, and the Company Program. Each program explores financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship.
“We’re looking forward to building on the excitement generated by previous years as we continue to grow the number educators, volunteers, and students participating,” says Ferguson.
She is encouraging everyone interested in learning more about JA programs, and how to get involved to contact the organization.
She said according to a recent report, Junior Achievers are 50 per cent more likely to open their own business, three times more likely to be management, and Achievers earn an average income that is 50 per cent higher than non-alumni (Boston Consulting Group, 2011).
To learn more about Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island, visit www.japei.org or call (902) 892-6066.