State Junior Achievement Director Promotes Program

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For a few minutes yesterday, some of Kodiak’s business leaders took over the operation of the Sweet-O donut manufacturing company. In that short time, they faced a donut robbery and a factory fire. Fortunately, everything came out all right in the end; the company was able to make payroll and keep up with taxes.

The donut-making entrepreneurs were actually members of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce who took part in a role-playing exercise at yesterday’s chamber luncheon. The scene was staged by Flora Teo who is the state director of Alaska’s Junior Achievement.

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Teo is in Kodiak this week to encourage volunteers to help bring the Junior Achievement program into area classrooms.

Also known as "J-A" and "J-A Worldwide," Junior Achievement is a non-profit agency that teaches students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs.

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The local coordinator for Junior Achievement is Luke Fulp of the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

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The J-A program is written in a way that supports curriculum learning standards. Fulp said volunteers can support classroom teachers by explaining to students the importance of staying focused on subjects such as math and science and developing skills that will make them stand out to future employers. One of the primary goals of the program is to keep students in school in order to give them a better chance at success.

Yesterday’s volunteer recruitment was a success. After the chamber of commerce presentation, future J-A presenters met with Fulp and Teo to get more information.

In Kodiak and in the villages, 22 teachers have put in requests for Junior Achievement volunteers.

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The Junior Achievement program was founded in 1919. J-A Worldwide reaches over 9 million students per year in the United States and in 122 countries around the world.

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