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December 2008 – Georgia Lord, Councilmember
I recently had the opportunity to see firsthand how Goodyear’s Community Funding program in partnership with Junior Achievement of Arizona is reaching out to schools, teaching our youth real-world skills. Junior Achievement (JA) believes every child deserves an education in economics and finances to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Their goal is to prepare young people by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
In partnership with Goodyear’s Community Funding program, Junior Achievement (JA) is providing K-12 financial literacy, workforce readiness and citizenship education to Goodyear’s children. Goodyear students participate in JA’s in-class, after-school and experience-based programs.
On October 9, 2008, two teams from Agua Fria High School participated in JA’s Stock Market Challenge at the Arizona Biltmore. After receiving classroom instruction, students compete to see who can grow their mock-stock portfolio and create the highest net worth. Agua Fria students placed 9th and 14th out of 50!
Fifth and 6th grade students are participating in the JA BizTown™ (JABT) program. JABT is an innovative learning program that provides students with an understanding of basic economic concepts as well as “consumer” skills they will use as adults. The program combines 20 hours of in-class learning with a day-long visit to our mini-town, where students have the opportunity to run banks, manage restaurants, read utility meters, write checks and even vote. It is a fully interactive, true-to-life, simulated town where students learn the fundamental relationship between academics and life beyond school. This year, 364 Goodyear students will participate in this exceptional program.