Dear JA Volunteers, Educators and Supporters,
There is not a week that goes by that I do not hear some inspiring story of a young person who, against all odds, reframes his or her vision of the future and their belief that they can succeed. There are many versions of the following statement which has been attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Speaking to elementary school education he writes:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
It is Junior Achievement’s fundamental belief that there is boundless energy among today’s youth. Boundless energy cuts many ways. If misdirected, it can turn towards mischief, drugs and crime. But Junior Achievement harnesses that energy, and gives young people the tools needed to overcome negative influences -- creating hope, optimism and empowerment. In 2016, our community of volunteers and educators brought JA programs to nearly 115,000 youth in Washington and Northern Idaho, encouraging and inspiring kids to succeed.
One of Junior Achievement’s core values is that we believe in the boundless potential of every young person. No matter what the odds are against them. No matter what their address may be. Thank you for sharing this belief and for supporting the work of Junior Achievement with your time, talent and treasure. It is because of you that empowering programs, like JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, and critical programs focused on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship are able to take place in the classroom on a daily basis. It is because of our strong business partnerships and our generous donors that students in our state can take part in life-changing Job Shadow experiences, or participate in JA Days in their classrooms.
Thank you for placing your confidence in Junior Achievement. And thank you for your dedication to strengthening our communities, one student at a time.
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Washington