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Junior Achievement of WNY Receives Grant from Akron Schools for Economics Program
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Akron Central Schools is funding $6,000 worth of Junior Achievement’s (JA) financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs. In turn, Junior Achievement of Western New York will recruit volunteers and provide the materials for JA Company Program and JA Economics to be taught at Akron High School. 

The two programs will be presented to six 12th grade economics classes at Akron High School in the 2010-11 school year; three classes will receive the programs in the fall, and three classes will receive the programs in the spring.    

The economics classes are taught by Christopher Ginestre, who has been involved with JA since 2004. “One of the best benefits of Junior Achievement’s programs, especially the Company Program, is that they provide different leadership opportunities for kids who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to step into those roles,” Ginestre said. “The students also get inside access into the business field by working with business leaders.” 

JA Company Program analyzes and explores personal opportunities and responsibilities within a student-led company. JA Economics examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics. All JA programs are experiential, hands-on, and align with New York State Learning Standards. Each program is led by a volunteer from the community who also provides personal experiences and expertise. 

For more information on donation or volunteer opportunities, or on any of JA’s programs or events, visit the WNY JA website or call 716-853-1381.

Established in 1958, Junior Achievement of Western New York is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about the value of free enterprise, while inspiring them to succeed in a global economy. This past academic year (2009-10), 700 volunteer role models delivered 661 JA programs to approximately 13,500 students in more than 120 schools throughout the eight counties of Western New York.   

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