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Program continues to evolve with the times and local organizers would like to show you on August 20

Becky Krukowski is the program manager for the local Junior Achievement office. She is hosting an Open House on August 20 at the Best Western Guildwood Inn from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Becky Krukowski is betting you’ll be surprised—pleasantly surprised—at how much Junior Achievement has changed in recent times.

Many of us remember our own JA experience—what was likely our first opportunity to run a “real business.” And that’s still part of what makes JA such an enduring organization.

Krukowski, who is the local program manager for Junior Achievement Southwestern Ontario, will be at the Best Western Guildwood Inn on Thursday, August 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to showcase the current programs—all “refreshed” to stay current.

The three pillars of JA’s local programs include Entrepreneurship (which is introduced at Grade 5), Financial Literacy (in Grade 7), and Work Readiness (for Grade 8 students). Krukowski said a program for Grade 6 students is being refreshed by JA’s national office and Junior Achievement Southwestern Ontario (which includes Chatham and Windsor as well as Sarnia) may consider adding that once that refresh is completed.

“National actually offers an entire suite of programs that are available for each charter,” she said.

The impact of JA on a community is one that can’t be overestimated.

“We are really helping to develop an interest in business among the next generation,” she said. “JA has a long history of making a difference and with the help of sponsors such as Imperial Oil and Freedom 55, we’re able to continue doing so.”

JA receives no support from United Way or any government agency, so it truly is a “grassroots” organization.

The August 20 Open House is an opportunity to talk to potential sponsors as well as volunteers and student participants.

Krukowski is asking people to register for the free event on August 20, although that is not a requirement. You can do so be clicking HERE or going to www.jwswont.org and clicking EVENTS and follow the instructions.

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