OneCommunity Partners with Junior Achievement to Benefit Area Students
Guest Blog by Leah Deppert, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland
This year marks the third year that Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland (JA) and OneCommunity have partnered together and what a prosperous three years it has been!
In fact, our flagship program, the JA Company Program, is currently being redesigned to integrate more technology into the student experience. Our top three teams locally get the opportunity to compete at a national level against JA students from across the US.
Each year we have presented new volunteer opportunities to OneCommunity and they have kindly welcomed these new experiences with eager, open minds and kind hearts. Here are a few highlights from earlier this year:
In November, OneCommunity had their own JA blitz day, a half-day school event, with the three first-grade classrooms at Luis Munoz Marin School, which is one of Cleveland’s investment schools, using our JA Our Families program. These first graders learned about needs vs. wants, jobs in our community and that a group of volunteers from OneCommunity cared about them! See more photos from this event here.
In January and February, Tom Miller (@tmiller1C), OneCommunity’s Community Technology Executive, taught his own six-week JA program (JA Economics for Success) to seventh-grade students at International Newcomers Academy , a school for immigrant students who are learning the English language.
In March, OneCommunity raised more than $2,900 for JA programs through our JA Bowl-A-Thon! More photos of the OneC Bowl-A-Thon event are here.
Michelle Weber, OneCommunity’s Director of Customer Management (@bovaweber), taught JA to young scholars at Westshore Montessori, as well as returned to Kensington Intermediate School in Rocky River, for the 3rd year to enact the JA Our City program to third- grade students.
Michelle and OneCommunity OSP Field Engineer Tom Trusnik even taught these third graders about fiber and city infrastructure through glow sticks!
This spring brings new JA experiences to further the partnership between our two organizations. On Wednesday, May 7th, JA will have our 6th Annual JA Company Program Challenge.
This is where high school students who have started their own businesses through participating in our JA Company Program will come together to showcase their hard work and dedication within their student companies and compete for cash prizes.
We are excited to have Jane Passantino, Chief Marketing Officer at OneCommunity, as one of our panel judges who will ultimately score the student companies on their business presentations. Michelle Weber and Catherine Bules will also be participating in this event through being secret shopper judges, evaluating the students during the business tradeshow portion of this event.
JA would not exist without community and corporate partners like OneCommunity. We look forward to continuing to strengthen and grow this prosperous partnership.