Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Program Helps Prepare Young People for the Real World with Funding from Baltimore’s Power Partnership IBEW Local 24 and NECA
June 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) – part of the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs – received funding from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 24) and the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (Maryland NECA) to support its JA in a Day program. The funding was made possible thanks to IBEW Local 24’s and Maryland NECA’s advertising through CBS EcoMedia’s EducationAd program.
JA in a Day enables company volunteers to bring the JA elementary school curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Students participate in volunteer-led activities such as creating a business plan for their own restaurant, producing “pretend” donuts using assembly-line and unit-production methods, and learning how workers’ taxes support government services.
The generous financial support provided by IBEW Local 24 and Maryland NECA funded teacher training and curriculum materials, student classroom materials, student onsite materials and an evaluation. The program reached 473 students and supported 108 community service hours.
Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by emphasizing the value of an education; sharing valuable strategies for budgeting, saving and investing; preparing them for jobs that make their communities more robust; and teaching them how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
“Local 24 has experienced first hand, with our Apprenticeship Program, that education and training are key components for preparing not only children, but persons of all ages to succeed in life,” said Gary R. Griffin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 24. “Education and training helps them learn how to succeed both in and out of the workplace. We are extremely proud to be a part of this program, helping to prepare these children for the future.”
“Maryland NECA believes that education is key to building a strong workforce in the future,” said JT Thomas, Executive Director, Maryland NECA. “Future generations need to believe that with the proper education and the determination to excel, they can achieve anything.”
“JA in a Day provides a foundation for financial education at an early age,” explained Jennifer Bodensiek, President and CEO for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. “Support from organizations like IBEW and NECA is critical to help us create meaningful, real-world opportunities for learning that pave the way for student success as they progress through school and on to college and career.”
“We are extremely thankful for the generous financial support that IBEW Local 24 and Maryland NECA provided through their EducationAd to help fund the great work Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is doing in classrooms teaching students the basics of finance,” said Paul Polizzotto, Founder and President, CBS EcoMedia. “IBEW’s and NECA generous donation impacted the community and helped nearly 500 students have a better understanding of the fundamentals of earning, spending and saving.”
About Power Partnership
Power Partnership is the Baltimore Electrical Labor-Management Cooperation Committee, a strong, progressive alliance between the Region’s industry-leading electrical contractors and highly skilled electrical workforce. We are premiere electrical contractors using only the best skilled workforce available so we deliver only the highest-quality electrical installation, repair and maintenance projects!
About Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. In Central Maryland alone, JA serves more than 40,000 youth each year. Visit www.jamaryland.org for more information.
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