Back to the Future with Junior Achievement

Posted by on January 13, 2012

MSB-Shakopee students return to grade school to teach social studies skills

Does a lesson on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy belong in 3rd grade? You betcha! Just ask Makenzie Madden, Christina Forward, Kelsie Koepp and Jenna Hallin, four students from Jay Moore’s Global Citizenship class, who volunteer for the Junior Achievement non-profit organization at Jackson Elementary in Shakopee, MN.

Junior Achievement, founded in 1919, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students with experimental and hands-on programs. Their mission statement is “To empower young people to own their economic success.”  (Junior Achievement USA (2011). About JA. Retrieved from Volunteers from the community such as business people, parents, retirees, and college students are matched with participating classrooms to teach the five, 45 minute lessons from each unit. Madden, Forward, Koepp and Hallin taught “Our City” to Tim Olene and Kristin Schleper’s classes, with a focus on building a city and all of the planning that goes along with it.

The entire experience taught the MSB-Shakopee students leadership, public speaking, organization, and communication skills. They enjoyed being role models by helping the students make decisions and connections as citizens in a community.

Said Makenzie Madden, “I was surprised by how much these students already know at the third grade level. They know so much more than we did at their age. It was a lot of fun. I would do it again,” said Madden.

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