Student Puts JA Skills to Use, Lands First Job

JA volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. When they share their personal and professional experiences with students, volunteers help the students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life. <>According to Deborah Morris, senior vice?president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, the efforts of Dr. Sarah Layton, a local board member and classroom volunteer, helped a JA student land his first job a local pizza franchise. Esteban secured the job?in part?through negotiation skills, mock interviews and job readiness skills that he learned as a JA student."Through the support of Dr. Layton, an Oak Ridge High School student was able to obtain employment as a result of the skills taught using our?JA Success Skills??program materials," Morris said.JA Success Skills?features seven sessions to meet the needs of diverse high school students by teaching work-readiness education and career perspectives. The program provides engaging, academically enriching and experiential learning sessions and during the final session, students participate in mock employment interviews."Esteban showed so much potential and didn?t hesitate to push us to spend time with him," Layton said. "I find it very rewarding that it paid off in real benefits. This is a true testament to the power and value of Junior Achievement."

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