In response to this month’s announcement that Indiana schools would remain closed through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Indiana, made swift adjustments to its business model by launching free virtual resources to support students, parents and the education community.
“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve ever had to navigate,” said Jennifer Burk, President and CEO of JA of Central Indiana. “Students are at home but we know education and encouragement of our young people must continue. It’s JA’s mission to educate and inspire our community’s youth, and we stand ready to do our part to ensure our children and teens across the state have resources to help them think about their dreams for tomorrow and spend less time worrying about today.”
Through the newly launched virtual initiative, “Project Tomorrows,” JA is providing access to a wide variety of free, educational learning activities—printable activity sheets, online games, videos, and apps—that students can explore on their own, with a parent or other caring adult, or with teachers via a virtual learning environment available on JA’s website. Resources are organized by grade level and are focused on JA’s three pillars: Work and Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy.
“There are many unknowns causing fear and frustration within families and the education system, and we believe Junior Achievement can help,” said Burk. “JA continues to work closely with our business partners who want to spread encouraging, future-focused messages and hands-on activities throughout our community. We must all come together during this time and help those who need it in every way possible.”
JA traditionally delivers lessons to students in classrooms through its network of community and business volunteers. However, with classrooms empty, JA is working with local schools to ensure that students can access the resources including access to devices and the internet. In addition, JA is working to deliver new and innovative, virtual career-focused programs to high school students.
“For more than 60 years, JA of Central Indiana has provided innovative ways to connect with our city’s young people,” said Sarah Hempstead, Schmidt Associates CEO and Principal, and JA of Central Indiana board chair. “Volunteers, educators and donors have led the way with each new venture in JA’s evolution and today is no different. Current times require a different way of doing business and JA stands ready to help our community.”
To view the online resource center, please visit: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/program-resources.
About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in kindergarten through high school. For more opportunities to get involved or volunteer visit: jaindy.org.