Did you know that:
- 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
- 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
- 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
- 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Isn’t it time to change these statistics? Do you want to help? In 2017, National SHRM and Junior Achievement formed a partnership and LSHRM is one of only 5 chapters throughout the United States to pilot this new partnership! Together we can start making some real changes in students’ lives, and we invite you to join us and be a part of this initiative!
Junior Achievement (JA) helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, experiential and volunteer-delivered programs show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? By partnering with volunteers, businesses and educators, JA can help these statistics begin to change in our community.
During JA President Debra Hoffer’s presentation, LSHRM members will learn how to get involved with JA in our region’s effort to nurture young people so that they have confidence that they will achieve their career goals and that they will embrace their jobs with integrity and initiative . . .to transform “I can’t” into “I can.”
Debra Humes Hoffer, President, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana
Debra serves as President of Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, a regional educational organization that delivers entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy programs to 62,000 students in elementary, middle and high schools each year. Debra has served as CEO of three Louisville-based non-profit organizations during the past 33 years. She previously held the positions of Executive Director of the Louisville Ballet and Managing Director for Stage One, The Louisville Children’s Theatre. She just celebrated her 17th anniversary at Junior Achievement.
She successfully led the effort to bring JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, Junior Achievement’s experiential capstone programs, to the region. Under her leadership during the past 17 years, the total annual student instructional hours provided by JA has grown from 220,000 to 651,000.
She plays a leadership role in the JA USA national arena, and was recently named Co-Chair of the JA USA Program Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Junior Achievement USA 2020 Strategic Plan Council and the Centennial Commission.
Locally, Debra currently serves on the Board of Greater Louisville, Inc. and is a member of the Louisville Rotary Club. She also serves on Jefferson County Public Schools’ Career Academies Guiding Team and on Greater Clark County Schools’ College and Career Readiness Advisory Board.
She is a passionate backyard gardener, reader, and singer, particularly enjoying her performances with the Rockin’ Rotary Band of the Louisville Rotary Club.
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