JA Lessons Learned Early Prove Effective

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas alumna, Andreaya, recently revisited her local JA BizTown and proved the effectiveness of JA programs. Along with other students from the West Charlotte Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), many of whom are also JA alumni, Andreaya spent a day volunteering with Junior Achievement.

As a fourth-grader, Andreaya was the mayor of JA BizTown. Today, she is an enthusiastic high school senior and is applying the work principles she learned nine years earlier to her life--both in and out of school.

"JA taught me leadership and responsibility," said Andreaya, "and that you always have to consider everything--like your future--when you make decisions as a high school student."Andreaya credits her JA experience as contributing to the fact that she is college-bound (she'll attend Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina in the fall), has had the same part-time job for the past two years, maintains her own checking account, and follows a strict personal budget."

As a student at West Charlotte High School where 84 percent of students are financially disadvantaged, Andreaya is a shining example of the possibilities young, ambitious minds can achieve when given the proper tools, no matter what their current circumstances," said Chelsea Cote, development manager at Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas.

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