Inspiring a Generation of Leaders through Junior Achievement
Since 2006, the Credit Union has partnered with Junior Achievement to help inspire a generation of leaders. Throughout the partnership, employees have had the opportunity to volunteer in more than 40 classrooms in the Greater Lansing area. By giving back, the Credit Union helps local students learn more about the financial industry and prepare for the future.
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The volunteer program helps students of all ages gain first-hand experience in these areas. During the 2015 –2016 school year, JA impacted over 4.8 million students in more than 209,000 classrooms. Through volunteer-delivered hands-on learning, participants are inspired to dream big and reach their potential.
Jessica, a Credit Union employee and volunteer said, “I love volunteering with Junior Achievement because it helps kids understand what financial goals are from a young age. Seeing the look on their faces when they realize how much fun learning about finances can be is worthwhile!”
Outside of the classroom, the Credit Union has played a role in educating students about budgeting and financial responsibility. In April 2017, the Credit Union partnered with JA to host a Financial Reality Fair at Sexton High School. During the event, students from Sexton High School, Eastern High School, and Everett High School were immersed in experiential learning, as they were assigned education paths, career paths, and starting salaries. Students were then tasked with making financial decisions at 13 different stations, each of which represented a different expense such as housing and transportation.
As an organization, the Credit Union is committed to educating community members in unique and innovative ways. Through sponsorship and volunteerism, we help instill a sense of purpose in the youth of our community. We are proud to to support the efforts of Junior Achievement. By engaging with local students through JA activities, we are facilitating the development of positive financial habits. To learn more about the organization’s volunteer opportunities, please click here.