Volunteers from Eastern Florida State College to deliver JA programs

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – On Friday, March 30, Junior Achievement of the Space Coast (JA) will be providing programs in every classroom at two schools–Challenger 7 Elementary in Port St. John and Sunrise Elementary in Palm Bay–for a total of 70 classrooms delivered thanks to 125 volunteers from Eastern Florida State College who will reach more than 1,400 students.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to bring EFSC volunteers into Challenger 7 and Sunrise to share our curriculum on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. JA elementary programs lay a foundation for a successful economic life.

The littlest students will learn about wants and needs, and their place in the family and community. We turn fourth grade students into entrepreneurs for the day, as they learn concepts like profit and loss, cash flow and inventory management to operate a hot dog stand.

Meanwhile, sixth graders will be studying global economics via free trade agreements, emigration, and international sourcing.” commented Candice Hodge, JA’s Education and Program Manager.

This marks the second year that EFSC has thrown its considerable weight behind JA programs. Last year, thanks to volunteer recruiting efforts at EFSC, 819 students were reached at Endeavour Elementary with an additional 340 students reached at six other BPS schools. In total, 1,159 students received JA programs thanks to EFSC in 2017.

“JA is grateful for our partnership with Eastern Florida State College and for the support of JA board member, Rich Laird, Vice President of Operations. EFSC students will be out in the community this Friday, March 30 gaining a broader perspective of our community at large, as well as valuable professional skills such as presentation, preparation and classroom management. Many teachers get their start as a JA volunteer.”

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast is Brevard County’s premiere organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JASC provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JASC is on track to reach 11,000 students in Brevard County this school year. For more information, visit www.jaspacecoast.org.