For the past 8 months, the classroom experience in Hampton Roads and around the country has looked pretty similar to some futuristic learning model that may have once been featured on an episode of The Jetsons. With restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID 19, local schools are in need of digital programming to help create and maintain a productive learning environment, even at a distance. Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads is working to fill this need in the community- a main theme of successful entrepreneurship, which fits in well with JA's three pillars of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness.
The strength of Junior Achievement programming comes from their ability to connect the business community to the classroom by bringing in local professionals to speak about their experience and expertise with students. Traditionally, this is done in person, but working through Zoom and other video conferencing platforms allows the experience to remain virtually unchanged. At the Pre-K through 8th grade level, kit-based programs teach students about the value of money, get them thinking about the job process, and introduces them to the world of business, with each free, SOL-correlated program building on the one before it. At the high school level, a wide variety of guest speaker programs, session-based programs, and experiential learning help students to learn about their personal strengths and weaknesses, and how they can parlay their skills into a rewarding and fulfilling career. Junior Achievement is working tirelessly to adapt all these learning experiences to fit teachers' and students' needs in the current learning environment.
"We are here to support the schools, teachers, and students" says JA President, Frank Hughlett. "The current changes to the learning environment are unprecedented, and we want to be a resource that schools can call upon during these stressful times. Junior Achievement's core values are more important to students now than they've ever been, as COVID may permanently alter what work looks like in the future."
For additional programming information, visit https://hamptonroads.ja.org/programs/index. To request and schedule PreK-8 programming, contact Janine Brady at email@example.com. For high school programming, contact Lauren Ciampoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.