We’ve shared information about the Tulsa, OK chapter of Junior Achievement (JA) on The Future of Real Estate before, and they are worth mentioning again. Our special guest this week, Erica Irvine of JA helped shed some light on the social and economic impacts this amazing organization brings to our community.
The focus for JA is under-privileged students. Their various programs are designed to help kids starting as young as kindergarten, on up through high school, gain beneficial knowledge and experiences which can help them chart a fulfilling course into adulthood. By starting at a young age with the basics of understanding money, how it works and why we need it, JA volunteers foster a direct connection with community adults outside their realm of school and family.
Older students are given life-experience opportunities to put their own knowledge to work and guide them towards future career possibilities which can be achieved by anyone, provided they have a bit of support and solid education. Throughout their school career, Tulsa students also receive positive, real-life teaching which reinforces what our school curriculum aims to provide, a win-win for all students regardless of their background.
The overriding impact of Junior Achievement in Tulsa can be felt community-wide and will continue to have far reaching results as students grow. JA is the bridge between connecting the business world with our schools, and helping kids understand there is a reason education is important. JA also encourages business and companies to volunteer their time, creating a sense of personal accomplishment which can increase the overall morale within a company through their support of such an incredible program, and by providing their employees with a real opportunity to make a difference.
The students who experience programs such as JA BizTown are given the opportunity to understand what it’s like to earn an income in their own right, finding a stronger sense of self-worth where before there may have been none. Many of our kids are lacking personal positive role models to help guide them towards positive life choices, through JA, not only are these role models making a difference, they are also showing these kids what really is possible when it comes to creating a life they can be proud of.
Listen to the full discussion in detail on our March 24th Future of Real Estate episode and discover more about how Junior Achievement has a positive impact in our Tulsa OK Communities. You can also contact Erika Irvine directly to find out how you can help by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling her at 918-660-2158. Find more information at their website as well jaok.org. For real estate questions, contact The Baskin Real Estate Specialists of eXp Realty at 918-732-9732 or darrylbaskin.com