Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan is a nonprofit organization in downtown Detroit that hosts volunteer-led programs that prepare K-12 students to enter the workforce. JASEM is moving its educational activities online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and teachers can print or share the lessons for their children and students. The current crisis also presents an opportunity for JASEM volunteers to teach students about key economic concepts such as scarcity and strategic decision making. A franchised office of Junior Achievement USA, JASEM has served the region since 1949. Detroit residents face higher unemployment and poverty levels than those in the surrounding area. JASEM works to shrink the talent gap and drive economic growth through partnerships with schools, employers, and community stakeholders. Their programs provide knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. JASEM estimates it will reach 62,000 students over 10 counties during the 2020-2021 school year. The organization considers donations to be investments in the future of southeast Michigan’s youth.
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