JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. To celebrate 100 years since their founding, they are recommitting to their mission to inspire and prepare young people to be "100% Ready" for the future. By bringing community volunteers into the classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming, students are inspired to understand the opportunities provided by education. Last year, almost 250,000 volunteers helped almost 5 million students prepare to become the young professionals and entrepreneurs of America's future.
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first programs were offered to high school students on an after-school basis, then in 1975, the organization entered the classroom during school hours. In addition to the 100th anniversary of the organization's founding, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary since it was established locally.
Patty Leva is President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York, Inc. Like the national organization, it is committed to delivering financial literacy, workforce preparedness and entrepreneurship programs in grades K-12. She works regularly with business, academic and community leaders to increase the impact of JA programs in a 25-county territory from Rochester to Syracuse and Binghamton through the Southern Tier.
Prior to joining JA, Leva has a 15-year history in the for-profit arena, as Vice President of JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors. She has held various positions within the retail, commercial and investment bank, including credit management and commercial lending, including facilitating financing for various international leveraged buyouts and mergers and acquisitions.
[1:55] Junior Achievement USA's 100 year anniversary (and 50th locally!)
[2:10] Founded in 1919 by business leaders to teach students about Free Enterprise
[4:45] Focusing on Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship
[5:30] Junior Achievement Alumni include Mark Cuban, Steve Case (Founder of AOL), Sanjay Gupta (CNN Medical Correspondent)
[8:10] My first exposure to Junior Achievement volunteering with Rochester Rotary at School #8
[10:00] Experiential learning from K-12 teaching 21st Century skills like communication, collaboration
[13:00] Being a JA volunteer - different grade levels, different scheduling options "Oh good! The money people are back again!" - Overheard at a Rochester City School District School Programs for Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance, Career Success Learn more or sign up to volunteer www.JACUNY.org
[20:15] The team building and professional development opportunities for business leaders that volunteer with their teams in JA classrooms
[24:00] JA Titan Business Simulation - Making management decisions and competing against other schools for real college scholarships (MCC, St. John Fisher, Roberts Wesleyan)
[28:15] JA Entrepreneurial Youth Summit - From idea to business plan to Shark Tank pitch competition in a single school day!
[32:00] Transformation stories of engagement, confidence
[36:15] JA Stockmarket Challenge - 1st annual event coming March 1st - Teaching the importance of savings, investing and budgeting
[38:00] JA Discovery Center - Immersive learning lab for a simulated role-play of the local economy
[43:00] Support from the state for Workforce Development and Inclusive Prosperity
[44:45] Measuring success from graduation rates to attitudinal shifts
[46:45] Patty's path from teaching to banking to Junior Achievement
[52:35] Junior Achievement's local founding for more Inclusive Prosperity