The Brightside: Junior Achievement

Thousands of kids on the Eastern Shore and all over the country are learning some very important lessons about financial freedom and the power of being an entrepreneur through Junior Achievement.

Program organizers say they believe in catching kids early.

“Whether you are a saver or a spender and how you will manage your money is all deciphered by fourth grade.”

That’s why Junior Achievement puts volunteers in classrooms all over Delmarva to teach children all kinds of financial lessons that aren’t found in traditional books.

The volunteers teach kids as young as kindergarten age.

“We want students in kindergarten through 12th grade to see what success looks like and what business looks like and give them the opportunity to own their own economic future.”

Jayme says volunteers show kids what success looks like, help them get prepared for the job market and pass on critical financial literacy skills.

“Last year we taught a little over 8100 students. This year we are geared up to teach 9,000 students. We do have an aggressive growth plan and hope to hit 10-thousand next year.”

JA covers six counties including Wicomico.

This means no child on Delmarva will go without learning these important lessons.

“We are an in-classroom curriculum. so the schools love us because we have a program that works with what they are already teaching. So we’re not that random concept. We weave ourselves into what they’re already learning.”, says Hayes.

The program has been around for 100 years and has 109 chapters all over the country.

The local chapter was founded 33 years ago in 1986 by Richard Henson and Frank Perdue.

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