Junior Achievement program prepares students for the future

More than 250 Grade 10 Cowichan Secondary School students signed up to participate in Junior Achievement B.C.'s Economics for Success program earlier this month.

Valley business and community leaders volunteered to share their knowledge and experience with the students, according to Deborah Wakeham, Vancouver Island regional manager for Junior Achievement of B.C.

Since the mid-1950s, B.C. schools have relied on Junior Achievement to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in the ever-changing global economy. A total of 30,000 students are expected to benefit from Junior Achievement programs this year.

Economics for Success is a full-day workshop that engages students in planning for their future careers, Wakeham explained, and learning what it will cost to live as independent adults. The program is free of charge.

"Combining volunteer-led small group discussion work and individual focused planning time, students will create a budget of estimated future living expenses and income,'' added Wakeham. "In addition, they will also begin planning their future careers, setting career goals for themselves and recognizing the benefits of staying in school and pursuing a post-secondary education.''

Junior Achievement of B.C. understands early skill and behaviour development are essential in ensuring lifelong success.

This marks the fifth year in a row for the Economics for Success program at Cowichan Secondary.

"I've volunteered as a program facilitator with Junior Achievement for the past four years,'' noted Lush Eco Lawns owner John Close. "I believe in and am passionate about today's teens. Supporting them as they wrestle with tough issues like self-image, career choices, budgeting and choosing positive role models is inspiring and I feel lucky to play a part in their planning.''


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