BANGOR – Time and treasure are the two gifts Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers look for from area businesses to meet increasing requests from teachers for their K through 12 short courses on financial literacy and work readiness. Business and professional volunteers currently deliver about 90 classes in area schools, but there are still about 20 or 30 teacher requests that go unmet for lack of volunteers to help deliver the classes and funds to purchase the age-appropriate JA materials for students. We need your help!
Jamie St. Clair, chair of the Bangor area JA group and Regional Retail Lender for Key Bank says, “The need for these programs has never been greater. Learning how to handle individual finances from savings to household budgeting to using credit cards wisely and understanding how business works are fundamentals that our school-age children and grandchildren are missing. Their understanding of these fundamentals help make them better consumers, quality workers/entrepreneurs and good citizens.”
There are currently about 50 local volunteers (many deliver more than one class a year) but more are needed. Stephanie Wong of Bangor Hydro adds that, “Scheduling is flexible to meet the volunteers‚Äô needs (The most popular format is one 45-minute session a week for 5 or 6 weeks).
Business and professional volunteers are needed to help deliver classes in Alton, Bangor, Brewer, Bradley, Carmel, Old Town, Orono, Hampden, Holden, Lincoln, Newport, Veazie.
For more information, call Jill Jamison at 592 7784.
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