Rob Eppes, President and graduate of Junior Achievement of Delaware, INC, discussed the worldwide organization that seeks to inspire and prepare students to succeed in the global economy while fostering collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Beginning in early elementary classes with basic lessons on money and saving, the program progresses through high school teaching business and financial planning, economics and entrepreneurship as well as the soft-skills needed in a job environment. Operating in schools, and at their campus for JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown® business simulations, the local staff and volunteers work with students not just in Delaware, but also in South Jersey and Maryland. JA of Delaware is also the first in the country to work with a cohort of students identifying on the Autism spectrum to help them gain experience to take them from school to the workplace.
Junior Achievement programming cost $65 per student participating, paid by schools, grants and direct donations. To learn more about the programming and how your student can enroll, or to volunteer your business experience or company support, visit JADelaware.org.