Junior Achievement Delivers “It’s My Future” to JHS 9th Graders

“We want to make sure that you have a plan to get to your dream job,” said Katie Samuelson from M & T Bank. “Because obviously, the most interesting jobs are going to require that you have special training. Can anyone tell me what a career cluster is?”

Ms. Samuleson was talking to Jamestown High School ninth graders as part of a pilot program with Junior Achievement (JA). Volunteers from 20 local businesses and organizations are delivering JA to the vast majority of ninth graders at Jamestown High School. The volunteers are using JA It’s My Future® curriculum, which provides practical information about preparing for the working world, as well as introducing students to the sixteen career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning, and creating a personal brand.  With JA’s experiential approach to learning, students will be introduced to the basic aspects of job-hunting through a scavenger hunt exercise.

Over the summer, JA worked with Jamestown High School administration and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua to develop a new delivery model that will enable the delivery of the JA It’s My Future® curriculum to ninth graders during the first semester. Volunteers visit JHS once a month from September to January.

“While our business department has engaged in JA activities over the past couple of years, we were looking for a more comprehensive approach that would tie in more with our Academy Model,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “Building this link with our ninth grade students will allow those students to be better prepared to choose an academy later this year. We are thankful for the support we have received from the United Way and JA of Western New York and we are most appreciative of the time and commitment of our community members to endeavor.”

Thank you to all of the local businesses and organizations who are supplying volunteers for the JA project at JHS:  Chautauqua Foundation, Monofrax, Deppas Insurance, Weber Knapp, Artone LLC, Fenton History Center, Jamestown Community College, Chautauqua Striders, United Way, Dream It Do It, WCA Services, Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co., The Resource Center, Rotary, M & T Bank, Courier Capital, Jamestown Fire Department, Moonbrook Country Club and Southern Chautauqua Credit Union.

JA’s program is possible at Jamestown High School through the generous support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua; as well as Blackstone Advanced Technologies, LLC and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.

posted on 11/08/2016 - filed under: Academics, Community, JHS, Spotlight, Students