JA of Kentuckiana Offers New Out of School Programming for Southern Indiana Youth Thanks to Duke Energy Foundation
Author: Jillian Cantu
Published: Thursday, 08 Feb 2024
Image caption: Boys & Girls Club Youth Participating in JA
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana (JA of Kentuckiana) is offering tailored out of school time programming thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. JA of Kentuckiana offers an innovative approach to looking to be innovative financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship learning opportunities for youth. More than 400 students at various community organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties have received programming through this grant. JA plans to continue the new initiative in Southern Indiana.
In 2022, JA of Kentuckiana found that often JA programming was being taught in school, students were absent. To ensure that every youth could participate in JA programming, JA decided to come to students during school breaks and after school hours. The Duke Energy Foundation helped make this vision a reality for Southern Indiana youth, allowing JA of Kentuckiana to form new community-based partnerships and create tailored JA programming fitting the needs of the youth attending the community-based site.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to offer these experiences to kids in our Southern Indiana region”, said Jennifer Helgeson, president of JA of Kentuckiana. “We often hear that many students in our community have missed the opportunity to participate in JA due to the pandemic or from being absent from school the day JA was taught. We appreciate the support of the Duke Energy Foundation.”
“Financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship, and skill development are vital for our future workforce,” said Lisa Huber, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “No matter what career path students choose, lessons learned in leadership and citizenship are invaluable experiences.”
“The Boys and Girls Club are so thankful for the invaluable collaboration with Junior Achievement, thanks to Duke”, said Sage Fell, program director for Boys & Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties. “Together, we are committed to providing essential learning experiences in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship for the youth. This partnership aims to equip young minds with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the future workforce, fostering a brighter and more empowered generation.”
JA of Kentuckiana is excited to continue community-based partnerships and offer JA of Kentuckiana programming in the future.