JA and LSHRM Collaborate to Empower a Generation
By: Jennifer Harris and Debra Hoffer
Every day, there are millions of students in our schools who are bright and who have potential, but are brought down by their circumstances. It is difficult to aspire to something greater when you have no point of reference in your day-to-day life. For many disadvantaged young people, that is too big an obstacle to overcome. What we know about self-motivation to rise above circumstances comes back to a belief in self. Self-belief can be promoted through gaining knowledge and influencing attitude, which is impacted, for better or for worse, by environment. Positive influences in the environment can promote a positive change in behavior. The scientific term for this is self-efficacy. Another way to say it is self-motivation. Junior Achievement (JA) programs empower a generation to transform “I can’t” into “I can” and believes that if we show children that we believe in them, they will believe in themselves.
JA’s Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. An organization that is almost 100 years old, JA uses experiential learning and volunteers to teach kids financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. JA has great partnerships with schools and turn-key programs that help businesses engage with those schools. JA helps students realize the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. And they aren’t alone.
Recently, JA of Kentuckiana and LSHRM launched a collaboration dedicated to promote work readiness in schools in the greater Louisville region. The idea is to thread together the programs, drive and mission Junior Achievement provides with the expertise and passion of the business community—specifically the HR profession. The outcome is a high-impact partnership that gives businesses and community leaders a seat in educating the next generation on work readiness.
In the spirit of this partnership, LSHRM will be hosting Junior Achievement: Empowering a Generation presentation on Tuesday, August 8th at the UofL Delphi Center. Led by Debra Hoffer, JA’s President, attendees 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.”
For event information and registration, click here or feel free to contact LSHRM here.