University of Hartford and Deloitte to Offer Junior Achievement Program at Noah Webster School
Student athletes from the University of Hartford and financial professionals from the Hartford office of global professional services organization, Deloitte, will be going to the head of the class on Friday, December 6 to provide financial education to students attending the Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School in Hartford.
Every classroom in the kindergarten through eighth grade school will be participating in JA in A Day, a financial education program coordinated by Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.
Deloitte has been a longstanding participant in JA education programs in the region and nationally. For the University of Hartford, it marks the first time that the university’s coaches have come together to support the efforts of a local organization with participation by student athletes across all sports for an entire academic year.
“This is tremendous collaboration between an outstanding professional services organization and student athletes committed to giving back to the community, even as they further their own education,” said Lou Golden, President of JA of Southwest New England. “The combination will be wonderful for students at Noah Webster, who will get a glimpse of the importance of continuing their education, and the opportunities and career paths that can result.”
JA’s unique delivery system provides the training, step-by-step lesson plans, and support necessary to build student skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The participating student athletes received their classroom training on November 22 in preparation for their work with students. At Noah Webster, the student athletes will be working with the younger grades; and the professionals from Deloitte with the older grades.
“One of the unique things about the University of Hartford athletics family is our sense of community, not just within the athletic department, but on campus and in the surrounding towns,” said head women’s basketball coach Jennifer Rizzotti. “While each program manages its own list of community service projects, we’re now looking to come together and be a part of something where we could make a larger impact. JA’s mission fits with what we do on a daily basis. As coaches, we work to prepare our student-athletes for the world beyond athletics. We thought it would be a good opportunity to give these young kids role models they can relate to and allow them to see who our kids are off the playing field. In addition, it gives our athletes the reciprocal opportunity to continue giving back. It’s a win-win.”
JA in A Day is a one-day presentation of Junior Achievement’s programs and a terrific way for young students to experience the valuable lessons JA programs provide in a same-day series of five engaging, hands-on lessons.
The University of Hartford has more than 300 student athletes competing in 18 Division 1 sports. It is anticipated that representatives of each of the school’s teams will participate in a local JA program at some point during the academic year, depending upon their class and sport schedule. Approximately 45 student athletes will be at Noah Webster on December 6, representing baseball, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, track & field, softball and golf, and stressing the importance of hard work, leadership and academic excellence for future leaders of the community.
The Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School in Hartford is an innovative school design in which students from diverse backgrounds create “miniature societies” within the school. Students develop the values of self-discipline, work habits, and academic and life skills needed to achieve success in a global society by creating their own ventures and run the school bank, government agencies, court system and Peacekeepers. The school community is one in which the teachers, students, parents and community volunteers work together to build a “real world” inside the school facility.
Deloitte provides professional services, through separate subsidiaries, in audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting. The organization is a longstanding supporter of JA USA and many local JA offices throughout the country. Deloitte emphasizes education, veterans, and health & human services as national signature issues. Education is a key focus, as Deloitte views business as having an important role to play in education – recognizing a vested interest in the development of a highly skilled, diverse workforce. Deloitte helps students navigate from high school, to and through college, and into meaningful, self-supporting careers. In addition to JA, among the education programs the organization works with are College Summit, City Year, Posse Foundation, and New Profit.
“We are proud to continue our strong association with Deloitte, an organization that truly understands and values community service and employee engagement. And we are thrilled to launch a new partnership with the University of Hartford’s athletic department,” says Jeremy Race, JA’s vice president of development. “It was evident in our first meeting with the UHart coaches that they had a keen interest in helping prepare local students for future success. Hats off to Deloitte and UHart for providing us with such an awesome opportunity.”
“First of all, I think it is very important that students work with children in the community,” said Maggie Betz, a junior on the University of Hartford softball team. “I think this opportunity is really exciting. No matter what your major is, this program provides you with a learning experience. It’s a two-way street; the student-athletes are going to learn just as much as the children.”
Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers – business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students – offered JA programs to 35,000 students in schools throughout Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, Windham, Tolland, New London and Middlesex counties. Providing children with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our economic system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.
Individual interested in learning more about JA volunteer program should contact 860-525-4510 or visit www.jaconn.net for details.