(WFIE) - Another school year has kicked off in the Tri-State and we wish the best to all the students, teachers and administrators.
With the new year starting, I'm reminded of the many non-profits that are involved and help our school communities throughout the year. One organization that is involved is Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana.
In the 2017-18 school year, JA served over 28,000 students in a 14-county region. Led by more than 1,000 community, business volunteer mentors. This organization teaches students about financial literacy, work and career readiness while empowering them with the belief in themselves.
According to a recent survey, by 2024 Indiana will need to fill close to 1-million jobs, many from retirements alone. 78,000 of those jobs are based here in Southwestern Indiana.
A 2017 Harris Poll, showed that only 2 out of 5 U.S. adults say they have a budget and keep track of their spending. JA's programs with the school's address these issues and hopefully help the next generation become better workers and money managers.
Like many other non-profits that help our schools, we applaud the work of JA volunteers and wish them the best this year.