Julie from Junior Achievement of Idaho enthralled us at the Grotto Group today. Her organization teaches financial literacy, the fundamentals of personal finance, and entrepreneurship to Idaho’s kids, K-12.
The stories of transformation were encouraging. The Grotto members and all of us here at GoNampa have a passion for Idaho’s Youth, and especially the challenges of our education system.
Schools don’t teach any basics of personal finance. Not budgeting, not saving, not investing, not even the values of our currency. As a consequence, the cycle of poverty continues with low income and high debt.
But just a few classes from Junior Achievement substantially increase graduation rates, college attendance rates, and especially students confidence in their own abilities to make a living.
Julie said one of her students said to her,
I never thought I could ever become a business owner. Now I know that I can.
This was one story among many, and we were extremely enthusiastic about Junior Achievement’s presence in Nampa schools.
Here’s how you can help
Adding a Junior Achievement program to a school costs only $5,000 and operates almost entirely on volunteer help. So the #1 thing Junior Achievement needs to get started in Nampa schools is volunteers from the Nampa community, entrepreneurs, business leaders, business owners, financial advisors, etc.
Teaching is easy. Usually once a week, with only 15 minutes of prep time. The experience can be priceless, especially when a student decides to go to college, or starts a business, or starts investing. Because you know that changes a life forever.
About Junior Achievement of Idaho
Junior Achievement is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Since its founding in 1919, JA has contributed to the business and economics education of young people throughout the world.