11 January 2008

new program to teach students business and economics

JA Joins with City Schools
from the Business-Journal
"Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc. and Youngstown schools officials announced that Junior Achievement would conduct a business education program for city students in fourth and fifth grades. With financial support from area businesses, Junior Achievement will provide the curriculum and materials for the program; volunteers from the business community will lead the one-hour sessions.

The purpose of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people for the global economy, Merkel said. Volunteers will come to the classes once a week for five weeks. Her long-term goal is to offer Junior Achievement programs to city school students from kindergarten through grade 12.

Mayor Jay Williams, a former banker, remarked that too many adults lack a good understanding of economic fundamentals, which leads to frustration and sometimes poor decisions. “If you can get them at this [age] level, whether they end up in business or not, these are things that they’re going to need to know just to be good, productive citizens and contribute to their communities,” he said."

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