Junior Achievement needs 100 volunteers

TYLER (KYTX) - An organization that helps kids prepare for the future is in need of volunteers.

And if they don't get them, it means fewer students get the message.

Junior Achievement is in need of about 100 volunteers.

They come to schools like Robert E. Lee and teach students about the economy, how to handle money and other parts of the business world.

A free lesson for thousands of students.

Ken Allen has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement for 15 years.

"We could teach more if we had even more volunteers," says Allen.

As a banker, he knows the value in having business professionals teaching students of all ages about hard work ,the economy and money.

"With the economy where it is, it's purpose and message are now more important than ever," says Allen.

But the economy may be part of the reason the group is in need of 100 volunteers.

"Everybody benefits when Junior Achievement programs are done," says Jim Guay, the Executive Director of Junior Achievement.

Junior Achievement teaches 172 classes a year, using specific packets. Each one is for a different class and grade level. All of the materials are included, and they cost about $80 each, totaling about $14,000 a year.

"We're limited by the number of volunteers we can get and of course, the money it takes to be, the materials and all," says Guay.

Materials to power the program, all paid for through donations.

Guay says the lower volunteer turn out comes down to people not having as much time, and cutbacks in companies.

Without those volunteers and donations, Junior Achievement has to put off the total number of classes.

"Not be as many kids learn about how the money flows in the economy and how to balance a check book and understand credit reports," says Allen.

It all sounds like business, but the program allows students to also be creative, make up new products and learn about themselves.

They're looking for people who are business oriented and willing to give their time to help kids.

The group has now turned to social media like Facebook and Linked In looking for help.

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