Apr 19, 2012 • By

Proud to partner with JA

How do you spend your work day? Making progress against project deadlines? Dreaming up new products? Communicating with colleagues in order to complete important tasks?

While there is certainly purpose to our daily tasks at work, sometimes it pays to get out of the office and help prepare another generation for the workforce.

That’s what volunteers for Junior Achievement do, around the world, by leaving their desks and taking time out from their day to be a teacher, sort of.

With 10 million students now reached by its programs every year, Junior Achievement remains one of the most visible educational organizations working within schools and communities.

JA focuses its curriculum on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship – things that will help young people make smart academic and economic choices no matter where they are growing up.

Because JA relies on volunteers from the business world to help teach its programs, General Mills is a proud partner of JA in many cities where we have employees.

I saw that myself when I spent some time at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in Minneapolis. I learned more about the impact of JA by interviewing the school’s principal and some of her fifth grade students, and watching two of our employees in a classroom.

The employees in that video are just two of the nearly 400 from General Mills who have participated with JA in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area alone since we began a formal partnership three years ago.

JA operates in more than 120 markets across the U.S. and in 119 other countries.

Visit JA.org for more information.

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series highlighting our employee volunteering initiative, Think Global, Volunteer Local. The first post was “Lunch break volunteer, the third was “5 questions with Donna Svendsen” and the final post was “Helping a community bloom again.” For more on our focus on volunteerism, visit GeneralMills.com.