Globe University-Woodbury closed its campus on May 17 so that staff and faculty could volunteer with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest to teach “JA in a Day” at Afton-Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland, Minn. The project coincided with Globe University’s annual Community Service Day. The staff and faculty delivered an entire Junior Achievement (JA) program, comprised of five lessons, in the course of one school day to kindergarten to 6th grade classes.
Junior Achievement helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Globe University staff and faculty helped the elementary school students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
“The volunteers from Globe University gave the students a chance to dream, to use their imagination, to be creative, to work together in teams, to have fun and learn new things, and to realize that people that they don’t even know care about them and their future,” said Sharon Severson, senior program director at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.
Volunteering with JA enabled the Globe University-Woodbury campus to showcase the university’s “We Care” philosophy by taking time out of the employees’ schedules to give back to the local community. Children are our future, and partnering with JA allowed Globe University to help inspire and prepare the young people of our community to succeed in a global economy, which aligns with Globe’s vision and mission.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement USA reaches more than four million students per year in 176,000 classrooms and after-school locations with the goal to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, in more than 120 Area Offices in all 50 states.
Junior Achievement’s 178,000 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.
“We hope the volunteers felt that this was a rewarding volunteer opportunity, and that they know they really did make a difference in the lives of some of these children,” said Severson.