Note from President

Gina Blayney head webThis past school year, thousands of community volunteers donated their time and expertise in the classroom, working with teachers and students to teach personal finance, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship. As a result, students in grades K-12 learned real-world skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond.

In light of the painful economic lessons recently learned by governments, families and businesses, there is an even greater need to educate our youth about how to effectively manage money and prepare for their future. JA programs teach 21st century skills and offer real-world experiences.

In the coming year, JAUM is focusing on the following strategies to keep our organization relevant:

  • Integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers at JA BizTown and introduce STEM into our K-12 curriculum
  • Educate students of different backgrounds and ethnicities about financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship
  • Incorporate innovative teaching methods into our learning facility and into our curriculum such as smart board technology, video lessons and personal devices
  • Offer real-life experiences (job shadows, competitions, capstone projects) to expose students to opportunities beyond their classroom
  • Conduct local evaluations to validate learning and JAUM’s impact on student motivation

As we embark on another exciting year, we look to you for continued support to help connect students with educators and business people to build a more fiscally savvy community. Together, we can inspire and prepare the next generation to succeed.

Gina P. Blayney
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest