Winter 2017 Newsletter
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas

empowering young people to own their economic success 

Summer Camp Registration is Open!
Spots for Summer Camp are filling up quickly! Don't miss this chance
to register your child for a week-long version of JA BizTown!

4.01K Race for Financial Fitness

Saturday, May 6
Plaza Midwood

Wellness isn't just about your physical well-being, it's about taking care of all the things important in your life, including your financial well-being. Bring the family and join us as we increase Financial Literacy Awareness in the Charlotte area. Don't be confused by the name, this  is a Certified 5K Run and a 1K Fun Run. A family-friendly Well-abration  will take place after the race at the Whiskey Warehouse at  1221 The Plaza.  

Charlotte Region Updates
117 second grade students from  Devonshire Elementary enjoyed a  JA in a Day experience with Federal  Reserve volunteers along with longtime  volunteers John Clement of TIAA and Dennis  Peterson of Wells Fargo   READ MORE

Volunteers from BDO  spent an  afternoon  teaching  the J A program    to 1st  grade students at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary. Thank you to coordinators Julie Dumbaugh from Huntingtowne Farms and Hannah Crump and Christine Bedson from BDO!
Thank you to volunteers from the Gaston County Department of Health
and Human Services
 and Tabernacle Baptist Church who joined forces to
bring JA in a Day to Lingerfeldt Elementary School.

 Barnette Elementary School had a whole-school JA in a Day taught by parent volunteers from the school. Thank you to Barnette's Allison Tymko for coordinating such a wonderful event for the students and to Chick-fil-A for providing lunch for the volunteers and teachers!  

83 Garinger High School  11th and 12th grade students participated in a
JA Personal Financial Literacy Symposium, facilitated by 27 volunteers from
Students learn about saving, budgeting, investing and credit.
LPL Financial. The event was hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.  READ MORE
Students from South Mecklenburg High Sch ool participated in a JA Personal Finance Symposium at Carroll Financial.  T hank you to David Peters  from Carroll Financial for coordinating and supporting this event.    

Through a two day event at  Myers Park High School, in partnership with
Myers Park's DECA organization, 
volunteers taught the JA Personal Finance program to all 418 students in the 10th grade Civics and Economics classes! Thank you to MPHS student Thea Soukup for pursuing this valuable learning opportunity for her classmates!

Students from Lake Norman Charter School visited FSIoffice for a JA Job Shadow experience. The program included presentations from managers of various departments, a company tour, and activities such as developing an elevator pitch and practicing mock interview questions. Thank you to Beth Freeman from FSIoffice for coordinating and hosting the students and Principal Craig Smith from LNC for facilitating and promoting the opportunity with students. See Principal Smith's write up on the experience here.   READ MORE

Each year JACC partners JROTC programs with neighboring elementary schools as a service learning experience where the cadets lead the elementary students through the Junior Achievement program. During the fall semester,
181 JROTC cadets from 7 high schools taught the JA program to 907 elementary students across 8 different schools in Mecklenburg County.  
Mayor Luke welcomes Mayor Jennifer Roberts to JA BizTown City Hall.

JA BizTown was recently honored to welcome Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts, for a tour of
our city and an opportunity to greet and interact with our citizens - some excited students from Clear Creek Elementary School.

She took the time to be interviewed by the newspaper reporters, and spent some time
going over mayoral responsibilities with the
Mayor of JA BizTown that day.

The easiest way to keep up with what's happening at JA is to follow us on Facebook. You will find daily updates of Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas' activities! We invite you to LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE to help us spread the word about the great work JA is doing in our community.
Western NC Updates
The Western Region is hosting a
JA in a Day at Avery's Creek Elementary School on Wednesday, April 5, from
8:00-11:30 AM. If your group or company
is looking for a great team building activity,
look no further! 30 volunteers are needed
to make this day a success!

The 13th Annual Business Ethics Luncheon

will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Crowne Plaza Resort with keynote speaker Brooks Harper. This annual event brings together regional high school students and community leaders to share a meal, listen to a thoughtful keynote, and engage in lively conversation about current issues in business and ethics. Each year, more than 150 young people benefit from this signature event! The theme is "Ready to Work - Preparing our High School Youth for Employment." 
Register via our website.

Project 2020
Do you hire high school students or recent graduates? Project 2020 puts YOU in the classroom with the interactive JA Career Success curriculum and in front of dozens of potential employees. Contact JA to see how you can get involved!

Race to the Taps
Junior Achievement is the nonprofit partner for the first  Race to the Taps Running Series at Bold Rock Cider in Mills River on Saturday March 18th. Get outside, volunteer, have some fun and support Junior Achievement!

For more information on any of these opportunities in our Western Region, please contact Robin Payne at 828.713.9281 or

Battle of the Banks Bowl-a-Thon
Finance industry professionals and other
corporate teams are invited to join

For more information contact Carrie Van Brunt at 704.563.4855
or or visit our website to register. 
Catawba Updates
Friday Winners 
Williams & Fudge:  The Brooklyn Strikers
The 18th Annual Catawba Region
Bowl-a-Thon was a two-day event held
in February at Strikers Family Sports
Center in Rock Hill. 
Over the course of two days, 38  teams  went head to head in this  annual competition.  Thank you to  all of our  sponsors and  participants This was the Catawba Region's biggest Bowl-a-Thon yet, raising over $29,500  for schools in York, Lancaster and Chester Counties  to benefit  from JA programs. 

Photos from Friday and Saturday can
be found on our Facebook page. 

Saturday Winners
Composite Resources:  The Ball Busters
Education and Business
Workforce Development Summit
The JA Catawba Region is supporting
free event on April 4, from 11:30 AM -2:00 PM presented by the South Carolina Department  of Commerce. 

Join other professionals in the region for an interactive round-table discussion between
 educators and business representatives to
Sheryl Broome, winner
of the YETI Hopper.
 learn how you can partner to build a stronger
 SC workforce! For more information and
registration, click here. 
Volunteers are needed in elementary schools  
in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Lancaster 
and Chester schools.
Please contact Ann Elliott at 803.980.6363 or for more  information
on how you can get involved.
Gaston Updates
  Community Foundation Run
JA of Gaston County is pleased to be one of the charity beneficiaries of the 2017 Community Foundation Run on Saturday, April 8th, at 9:00 am. This   Certified 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk begins at the Rotary Pavilion in Downtown Gastonia.  If you live in the Gastonia area, you won't want to miss this celebration of community spirit, when more than 5,000 people come together to support Gaston County charities.   READ MORE
Lincoln Updates
The 2nd Annual IMA
for JA
Bowl-a-Thon was held
on F ebruary 20th. Twenty teams competed. For the second year
in a row, the top prize for highest score was awarded to "Straight Tschootin" from Modacam, Inc.followed
by "Orange Crush" from Blum. (2nd) and "Prestige Worldwide" from Blum (3rd).
Thank you to Blum, Bosch Tool Corp, Kaco USA, Modacam Inc, Steele Rubber Products, Tenowo, United Plate Glass and UTC for participating in this event. This Bowl-a-Thon helped raise money to support Junior Achievement programs in Lincoln County. Photos from this event can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Volunteer and Investor Appreciation

JA Action Board

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas recently formed an Action Board in Charlotte, made up of young professionals wishing to engage with the organization and help with fundraising and volunteer opportunities. This group held their first fundraiser in February, the JA Action Board Bowl-a-Thon. More than 100 young
professionals gathered at Strike City for an evening of bowling, dining and networking.
A photo booth stocked with fun props was provided for team and individual photos.

More than $11,000 was raised for their first event! Thank you to the Action Board Executive Committee and the Bowling Committee for all they did to ensure success! 

Super Volunteers
The team at JA BizTown wishes to express  a heart-felt thanks to our super volunteer companies who have jumped in at a moment's notice on more than one occasion and come to our rescue when other volunteers have cancelled or not shown up at the last minute. JA BizTown relies on volunteers for the program to run effectively. We are so appreciative of our partnerships with Sunbelt Rentals and Woodforest National Bank , both of which have been able to provide us with helpful and engaged volunteers with less than 24-hours notice!

Jim Gray, chairman of LPL's Carolina Employee Volunteer Corps receives the JA Award of Excellence on behalf of LPL Financial from Amy Korb, Director of Education for JACC.

The JA Award of Excellence was recently presented  to  LPL Financial  in recognition of their continued investment in Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. We are so grateful for their ongoing support of JA BizTown, hosting student symposiums and providing volunteers for 
our various programs. Thank you, LPL!

 Thank You to North Carolina
Business Hall of Fame Investors
In our last newsletter we neglected to fully recognize all of our wonderful investors who made the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame possible. Thank you for your continued support!

Upcoming Events

March 18
Bold Rock Cider
Mills River, NC

Battle of The Banks Bowl-a-Thon
April 5
10 Park Lanes
Charlotte, NC
April 26
Asheville Crowne Plaza and Resort 
 Asheville, NC

May 6
Plaza Midwood
Charlotte, NC

May 22
Carolina Golf Club
Charlotte, NC

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas has an ongoing need for volunteers in all of our service areas. This includes JA BizTown, classroom volunteer opportunities as well as occasional special events. You can sign up as a group or an individual. Check our website to see updated opportunities.

Calling all JA Superstars!

Do you know a JA student who shines? Share this opportunity to be a part of the Junior Achievement Ambassador program.

JA Ambassadors are a select group of students chosen to represent Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas at special events. Student Ambassadors will gain valuable public speaking skills and social experiences while building a network of future affiliations and contacts.

For more information, Click Here!

To apply, Click Here!

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