Junior Achievement to begin area programs
Junior Achievement programming is slated to begin this semester in local schools.
The national education program places volunteers in classrooms to teach ready-made lessons on finances, business and economics to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. The program recently expanded to Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties thanks to a three-year, $100,000 grant from The Daniels Fund.
Grand Junction resident David Brown was hired this month as the area program coordinator for local Junior Achievement programming. He said school districts in the Grand Valley, Delta and Montrose are interested in Junior Achievement curriculum, and he is seeking volunteers and figuring out which schools will receive programming. He said his goal is to get volunteers to lead Junior Achievement lessons in local schools in the next month or two.
Junior Achievement has 19 different programs. For now, Brown said local schools will focus on two of those programs. One is for elementary-school students and teaches each grade a different lesson about everything from saving money to how the global economy works. The other program is a personal-finance curriculum for high school students.
Each program will involve volunteers leading an hourlong lesson in a classroom once a week for five or more weeks. Brown said it helps to have a business background, but anyone can volunteer to teach the curriculum, which is provided by Junior Achievement.
“We have people in their 20s to people in their 80s teaching Junior Achievement classes. Some are housewives. Some have been in business for a long time,” he said.
Brown was a young Junior Achievement volunteer and participated in the program in high school. He said the job inspired him to open and own businesses as a student and as an adult. He has most recently been a stay-at-home dad.
Brown has lived in Colorado for five years, nearly three of them in Grand Junction. He volunteered through Junior Achievement in Arizona and participated in the program in Michigan.