Talk of the Town: Celebrating 50 years of inspiring the future in South Carolina

Talk of the Town: 50th Anniversary celebration reception

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina (JA) has been in the community for the past 50 years, inspiring young people to succeed in our global economy.

Junior Achievement was founded in Columbia in 1968 as a local office of JAUSA. Over the past 50 years, JA has sent business volunteers into K-12 classrooms to inspire the future by teaching life skills of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

The volunteers go into the classrooms for a series of lessons and the programs overlap with state standards. During the 50 years, Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina has reached more than 750,000 students.

This past school year more than 11,000 students received JA programs by 500+ community and business volunteers.

Junior Achievement is able to expose students to careers and jobs available to them right in their communities. Each JA volunteer is able to tie the lesson into his/her current career. Students are seeing firsthand career paths on a daily basis.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception for Junior Achievement will be next Tuesday, September 18 at Stone River which is in West Columbia. It's from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and can be bought by calling 803-252-1974 or click here. This event is open to all friends of JA, alumni, teachers, and volunteers.

Learn more about Junior Achievement by clicking here.

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