Winter Updates

The 2018-2019 school year began with bang! Thanks to you, we've successfully completed over 300 classrooms reaching more than 6,000 students on our way to our 2018-19 goal of 11,868 students. So let's keep the momentum going into spring. Teachers will be signing up for spring classes in December and volunteers can view all openings at any time online on our new volunteer platform JA Engage. You can search listings by zip code, school name, or try the advanced search options to view by semester, grade level, program name, or delivery methods. Register for an account, and you'll be able to view your classroom assignment, make changes to  contact information, and sign up for your next classroom!

Photo: Two of 180 EFSC volunteers at Challenger 7, Port Malabar, and Croton Elementary schools as well as Kennedy Middle School reached on October 12 for an amazing 2,000 students reached on one day. Thank you EFSC! 

Questions or comments about volunteering? Email us! Candice at  chodge@jaspacecoast.org or Desiree  dkaul@jaspacecoast.org

#GivingTuesday, a global day to give back! 
 
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, local organizations, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose - to celebrate generosity and to GIVE! 

Each year, Junior Achievement of the Space Coast reaches thousands of students in Brevard county through hands-on learning experiences that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. Junior Achievement programs supplement our schools' curricula by providing important life skills such as how to manage money, succeed in the workplace, or starting a business that creates jobs.

We invite you to join the #GivingTuesday movement and consider supporting Junior Achievement this November 27th by  donating, volunteering or by taking part in one of our upcoming events. 

Volunteer Spotlight

Maureen Ayers

How many years have you been a JA volunteer? since 2011

What is your favorite grade/JA program? I adore the 3rd grade "Our City" Program.  The students are so eager that they sometimes raise their hands before I even ask the question.  I don't mind when they are noisy because I know they are engaged in what we are doing.  I love the look on their faces when they answer a question and show just how much they have learned.  After years of teaching, I still get answers that are new to me.  Last year, when I asked the class how we pay for the things we buy, I received the usual answers of cash, check, credit or debit card but one girl surprised me when she said "coupons"  She was so right and no one had ever thought of that.

I believe that Jr. Achievement is such a tremendous program.  In addition to all the valuable information the students are given about finances, they also have an opportunity to express themselves to someone other than their everyday teacher.  I encourage them to go home after each class and teach their parents what they learned that day.  That's right-I said "teach" their parents.  I believe the best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else.  They teach me something every time I am with them.  Coming home after working with a group of high energy 3rd graders I am tired but it is the BEST tired you can be.  I am 70 years old now and I hope that I will still be working with Jr. Achievement 10 years from now.

Why did you choose JA? Having  spent much of my career in the world of budgets, JA was a perfect match for my skill set.  I remember when Candice interviewed me and told me that she was looking for people who could tell stories.   I told her she had the right person since I consider myself a master story teller.  I have a few classes that send me a thank you note and almost every student who writes to me mentions the story I tell them about how I lost my purse in Denmark.  They always write that they are happy that I ended up getting everything back.  I believe a real life story is one of the greatest teaching tools.

Where do you work (if you still do)? I retired from Northrop Grumman in Melbourne 9 years ago.  I was the Manager of Indirect Budgets.

Do you volunteer for any other organizations? Three days a week I work at the Brevard Community Kitchen,  There I help prepare about 1,500 meals a day.  A large portion of our meals are Brevard County's Meals on Wheels Program.

Do you have any hobbies? I do line dancing 6 hours a week.  My husband Sky and I do quite a bit of traveling.  I am currently the President of the Grumman-Northrop Grumman Retiree Club.

What area of Brevard do you live in?  Sky and I moved from the Ithaca NY area to Brevard County in 1985 when Sky accepted an engineering position with Harris.  We currently live in Cocoa.

Anything else we should know about you?   The above picture is of Sky and I with Ashley and Zachary Bergen, two of our four grandchildren.  It was taken this June on a Grandparent and Grandchild trip conducted by Road Scholar.  A few years ago, I did the 3rd grade "Our City" program with them when they spent a week with us.
 
 


JA Engage Training

Have you used the new volunteer platform to search for your next opportunity? Not sure what to do next? You can view this short training video to help you navigate the new system more effectively. 


VolunteerEngage
Volunteer Engage


JA Business Hall of Fame 
March 2, 2019 

Happy birthday to us! 2019 marks Junior Achievement's 100th anniversary, so this year's event promises to be an especially significant one, celebrating 100 years of JA educating young people on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. JA is honoring Lynda Weatherman of the EDC of Florida's Space Coast in light of the significant economic impact she's had on Brevard County, as well as Bryan and Donna Scott, founders of Barnlight Electric, Playalinda Brewing Co, and The Brix Project, in recognition of their entrepreneurial spirit as well as their effect on the Titusville turnaround. For more information or sponsorship opportunities please  click here
The Ambassador Circle
Sustained Corporate Support




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