Junior Achievement is a decades-long program that puts thousands of successful adult role models in classrooms has improved financial literary and encouraged strong ethical behavior among countless young South Dakotans.  “Research shows that JA alumni are more successful than their peers, and JA of South Dakota is fortunate to impact more than 51,000 students each year,” Kayla Eitreim shared: “For nearly 50 years, we’ve connected them with a community volunteer who utilizes hands-on activities to teach about money, careers, ethics, and owning a business.” Eitreim shared data at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting, showing JA’s impact today versus the past and JA’s impact in Sioux Falls in comparison with other regions.
March 6, 2017 the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting will be hosted at and lunch provided by the State Theater!
February 13, 2017 Program Highlights:
  • Junior Achievement was started in SD in 1968, with a budget of $21,000 and 387 high school students. 
  • Today, the budget is $1.1 million, there are 53,000 students served K-12, and they are in 35 school Districts.
  • The program stresses work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, including personal finance, and ethics.
  • Of the students who have taken the courses:  90% can manage their money; 143% are involved in entrepreneurship; 67% have an advanced degree; 20% have a higher household income.
  • Each year, 400 new volunteers are needed.
  • Contact Information:  www.JASD.org
Next Week’s Program:
Candy Hanson, Pres. SF Thrive—Overview of SF Thrive
Feb 13th, 2017 meeting attendance:
  • 74 out of 301 or 25%
  • 43 out of 74 members in attendance were Paul Harris Fellows or 58%
  • Also in attendance:  3 Junior Rotarians; 8 Guests; 3 Visiting Rotarians