Working in partnership with Capital One, Eastman, and Joy Global, Junior Achievement of East Texas presented students with activities focused on civic planning, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, the role of government and media, as well as the difference between consumers and producers.
Lynne Henderson, president of Junior Achievement of East Texas, said the “JA in a Day” project is one of the many programs set up to help students succeed in a global economy, gain financial literacy and workforce readiness — ultimately focusing on the importance of education.
Volunteers shared their expertise at Bramlette, Hudson PEP, JL Everhart, Johnston-McQueen, Ned E. Williams, South Ward, and Ware elementary schools, as well as Foster Middle and Longview High School.
Founded in 1981, Junior Achievement of East Texas is a youth development organization in Longview that serves students in a nine-county area.
The organization has held the program at elementary schools for several years, but thanks to a $30,000 grant from AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. the "It's My Future" program has now come to middle schools.
Consisting of six lessons given during a single day that exposes students to career choices, the new middle school program ties in with House Bill 5 — which requires schools to educate students on different career paths.
The program is set up much like an average school day, with each lesson given in a rotating block. There is an activity in each of the six lessons, learning soft skills and practical lessons.
Last year more than 340 Junior Achievement volunteers taught 6,772 students in Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Hallsville, Kilgore and surrounding school districts.