BENEFITING: Junior Achievement
Imagine unemployment is on the rise in your community. Your parents’ income is less than $42,000. Your best chance for a meal is at school. Only 16% of your peers are on grade level for math and 11% for reading - barely into double digits. This is a reality for some NC students where many families are at or below the poverty line. Children raised in households with lower incomes or who experience impoverished living conditions are at distinct disadvantages. How do you inspire and prepare these children to break a cycle of economic instability? External factors can help foster an “I Can” attitude in students which can result in beneficial behaviors leading to future success. Junior Achievement’s (JA) proven programs and volunteer role models teach students how and why to manage money, how to plan for a career and how to start a business. The JA experience helps foster the self-belief and sense of purpose necessary for students to overcome challenging circumstances.