Through its involvement with Junior Achievement (“JA”), Enterprise is investing in America’s future through today’s youth. Established in 1919, JA is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers and is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success in the global marketplace.
In support of that mission, Enterprise contributes not only financial resources to JA, but also the time and talents of its dedicated and enthusiastic employees. Each year, for example, Enterprise’s corporate office participates in organized fundraisers such as the JA Bowl-a-thon, and video game bowling competitions. A company matching program helps support the efforts of employees to raise money.
Enterprise employees also serve as volunteers at elementary schools, participating in interactive and fun classroom activities that provide students with real world examples of concepts such as planning, money, and budgeting. The value of staying in school in order to be successful is also strongly emphasized. The program bridges the gap between what students learn in school and how to apply those lessons in everyday life. The activities are designed to promote the three pillars of JA: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
In describing the rewarding experience offered through JA, one Enterprise volunteer said, “I am so happy I signed up. I participated thinking I would make a positive change in their lives. What happened is that they really changed mine.”