Not only is it important to get an education and try to earn a better living, he said, but it’s also important to enjoy one’s job.
Besides meeting national standards for social studies education, the JA program gets students in touch with inspiring volunteers, said Hahn. For some students, a male JA volunteer is the only positive male influence they have for months at a time, she explained.
The program also helps connect schools and businesses, show teachers that the community cares about what they do and give volunteers public speaking experience, she and Rowland agreed.
“It’s just a blessing on all levels,” said Hahn.
Currently, JA in Daviess County is funded about half by a Community Foundation grant and half by the JA organization. Rowland said JA directors would like to get donors to fully fund JA here in the next three to five years.