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1 Why Junior Achievement

2 About Junior Achievement Teaches K-12 students the basics of business and life skills by partnering with local companies and their employees Provides volunteers with turn-key lesson plans and materials focusing on economic education Our Mission To empower young people to own their economic success. Our Mission To empower young people to own their economic success.

3 The Need for and Value of JA The relevancy of JA’s “Pillars of Success,” work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy has never been greater Your employees want to connect with their communities and appreciate when you reinforce the opportunity JA works

4 The Need for Supplemental Financial Literacy Education Has Never Been Greater Chicago Public School students need support o 56% of students graduated in o 40% dropout rate in Teens want to learn o Half of teens (50%) express an interest in learning more about managing money 2 o 76% say they want to learn about the basics of finance now because it will help them make better financial decisions down the road 2 Employment opportunities in management, business, and financial fields are expected to increase 10% by 2016³ o Financially literate students will be better able to take advantage of opportunities in these fields (1) Catalyst Chicago Independent Reporting on Urban Education (2) Chicago Public Schools Office of Research (3) Capital One Back-to-School Survey 2008 (3)U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2009

5 You and Your Employees Benefit With Community Connections Volunteerism Enhances Workforce Recruitment 79% of Millennials want to work for a company that cares how it impacts or contributes to society 1 62% of Millennials prefer to work for a company that provides opportunities for them to apply their skills to benefit nonprofit organizations 2 Volunteerism Increases Employee Satisfaction 65% of Gen Y employees say an employer’s social and environmental activities make them feel loyal to the company 1 76% of Millennials believe volunteerism is an opportunity to advance their leadership skills 2 Volunteerism Builds Professional Development Activities 40% of salaried employees actively look for opportunities to use their workplace skills when they volunteer 3 91% of HR executives believe that pro bono service would add value to training and development programs 3 Employees who participated in volunteer programs were more prone to pursue promotion and development activities in the months following participation in volunteer programs 4 (1) Cone Millennial Study, 2006 (2) Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey (3) Taproot Pro Bono Action Tank, 2007,(4) JA Worldwide, 2009

6 Mutual Benefits of Involvement Company Builds corporate reputation Strengthens employee skills and morale Presentation skills Confidence in group settings Ability to think on your feet Supports free enterprise Students Improves problem-solving skills Boosts business knowledge Encourages kids to stay in school Provides positive role models Nurtures entrepreneurial spirit Strengthens connection between education and success in the workplace Reinforces importance of continuing education after high school

7 A Strong Record of Success Over 4 million students have been reached in Chicago in the last 70+ years o JA reached over 430,000 students in o Goal to reach 445,000+ students in Educators rate the JA program a 9.3 on a 10 point scale Over 13,000 volunteers annually Board of Directors includes 66 Chairmen, CEOs and Presidents, 34 EVPs and SVPs, and 20 Regional and Managing Partners Low cost model – only $14 to reach each student per year o No United Way or government funding

8 Customizable Options Bowl-a-Thon Chicago Business Hall of Fame A Day at the Races Golf Outing Cause-Related Marketing Operating gift Personal gift JA in a Day Weekly opportunities Whole School Class Sponsorship Volunteer and Funding Opportunities Volunteer by Semester Funding through Special Events Funding Opportunities

9 JA Makes It Easy to Get Involved Turn-key kit provides lesson plan and all materials for fun and engaging activities Very manageable time commitments, with different options to meet employees’ busy calendars o JA in a Day: one half-day in class, or o Weekly classroom visits of an hour or less o Visits’ length and frequency varies by grade level:  Elementary school: 5 visits, minutes each  Middle school: 6-8 visits, minutes each  High school: 5-15 visits, minutes each

10 Elementary School Programs (K -5 th Grade) (5-6 classroom visits, minutes each) Provides K-5 th grade students with an opportunity to understand the world of economics with engaging, hands-on activities that correlate with the Illinois State Standards. This sequential learning approach helps students better understand the economic world. Middle Grade Programs ( 6 th - 8 th Grade) (6-8 classroom visits, minutes each) Introduces students to economic concepts and information about the world of work through group work and activities while stressing the importance of an education and staying in school. 268,500 Students in ,500 Students in 2013 JA’s unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to ensure a positive classroom experience.

11 High School Programs ( 9th - 12th Grade) (5-15 classroom visits, minutes each) Volunteers bring real-life business experience and guidance into the classroom when young people face an important crossroad in their lives. These programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future and foster skills that will be useful in business. JA Economics™ JA Exploring Economics™ JA Company Program™ JA Success Skills™ JA Titan™ JA Be Entrepreneurial™ JA Banks in Action™ JA Careers with a Purpose™ JA Business Ethics™ JA Personal Finance JA Job Shadow™ JA Ask the Expert 83,000 Students in 2013

12 Proven Impact Kids in JA elementary school programs are stronger problem solvers than those who don’t experience JA Middle school students boost their business knowledge Students in JA high school programs are more likely to aspire to college and beyond

13 Today’s Greatest Needs Areas with the Greatest Volunteer Needs: Central Region o Chicago Southside Northern Region o Southern Cook County o Glenview, Evanston, Skokie Western Region o Elgin, Aurora, Joliet o Northwest Indiana As Junior Achievement of Chicago continues to deliver on its mission during uncertain times, the goal of identifying new corporate volunteer sources has never been greater. Additionally, high school program outreach continues to be a priority.

14 Whole School Program Partnership Company Responsibilities: Provide volunteers for all classes Identify a volunteer coordinator to promote the partnership internally & to work with JA Contribute funding for classes JA Responsibilities: Recruit schools to participate Train all volunteers & teachers Provide curriculum for classes Service all volunteers & teachers Through the Whole School Program, an organization selects a partner school and provides the volunteers and funding necessary to bring JA programs to all its classrooms.

15 Whole School Program Sponsorship Levels Classes10-14 Volunteers$ 5, Classes15-19 Volunteers$ 7, Classes20-29 Volunteers$10, Classes30-39 Volunteers$15, Classes40+ Volunteers$20,000

16 Partnership Opportunities Accept a leadership role with Junior Achievement Offer employees opportunity to volunteer by teaching a JA class in a selected school Provide funding for classrooms - $500 per class Provide JA with a company contact to serve as the liaison to recruit and plan the volunteer activities Partner with a Whole School by providing volunteers and funding for all classes Consider participating in one or more special events or cause-related marketing opportunities Donate an auction item or in-kind product for JA to use at a special event


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