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Committed To Kids-Junior Achievement


by Melissa Langbehn

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- In these challenging economic times  there's a renewed interest in financial education.  Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization which teams us with businesses to help young people get ready for the real world.  At  D-C Everest High School in Schofield, JA leaders are working with students who've set up their own business. They're hoping you'll buy into it.

Diane Stroik/JA:The students start a business, sell stock. buy product and sell it all in 13 weeks so they get a feeling for what business is like."


Organizers say the are more than 10-thousand kids in our region that have taken part in JA programs.. which are available to kindergartners through 12th grade. Many are helped out by partnerships with area businesses.


With a Junior Achievement leader and a Greenheck marketing pro.. the students set up a business called "Basketeers".

Austin Foss:"We're calling our baskets "Frosty's Favorites" .. a cutesy name that people will like."

Not only did think up a clever name.. they're getting creative with what goes into their products.

Crystal Wood:"Right now, we're getting shipments in and recording the products we're getting in.

What they're getting in is everything from candy canes to cocoa and cookie cutters. AAll of which needs to be assembled into something people will want and topped off with a bow.

And that's just the beginning.. Basketeer President Austin Foss says the students must find a place to sell their creations, get them sold  and hopefully profit from their labors.

It's a great experience you learn alot and find the real responsibilities of it."

Responsibilities their teacher says can only be learned by living it.

Jodie Peterson:"It's an awesome hands on learning tool.. versus a textbook.

Junior Achievements runs K thru 12 programs designed to inspire young people to succeed in the global economy,  a valuable lesson,  to last a lifetime.

Diane: I don't think you can ever give a kid too much work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Organizers say 10,000 children in North Central Wisconsin take part in Junior Achievement programs.

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