This year ALKU expanded it’s ALKU Gives Back Program a step further by participating in Junior Achievement (JA) with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Their purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
When approached with this opportunity, ALKU’s participation made perfect sense considering our strong support of the mentoring cause. This program would enable our employees to see firsthand the effect mentoring has on young students. Seasoned ALKU employees looking to gain more leadership skills were encouraged to volunteer to teach classes to the Boys and Girls Club students. For the company to participate in programs such as this, allows ALKU to bring the mentoring cause full circle. From raising money through the Rodman Ride and Best Kids Superhero Fun Run, to providing a deserving student $20,000 through the ALKU Scholarship and now serving our local community.
“The Junior Achievement program is awesome. It’s nice to see kids volunteering and getting out of their comfort zones to learn. It’s a great concept that I think every student should be exposed to during their learning careers. The kids were generous and so smart, I loved taking the time to work directly with them!”- Aleksia Qirjazi, Operations Manager
“I was part of the Junior Achievement program this year with the boys and girls club of Lawrence MA. These young girls were so intelligent. I couldn’t believe how much fun we had getting to know them and teaching them the importance of education and finding the correct career path for all of them. Overall, it was a bunch of fun and I hope to be asked back at some point in the future.”- Bob Cordaro, Regulatory & Scientific Recruiter
“Spending time with the students at the Boys and Girls club was an awesome experience. I wish I had learned about managing money and career paths when I was that age, and I feel like they genuinely enjoyed learning from us as well. Their questions were so profound, and it was inspiring to see how much they have already thought about their futures and the impact they want to have on our society. They kept us laughing as well! I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in a daily routine and it was refreshing to spend even just an hour in their world. I hope they thought I was as cool as I thought they were!”- Stephanie Heyner
We had multiple employees from various departments participate in the JA program this year. Our employees had a blast meeting all the kids at the Boys and Girls Club and teaching them valuable lessons that will help them to be successful in the future.
About Junior Achievement:
We are the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement’s programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.