Author: Danielle Honeycutt
Published: Tuesday, 16 Mar 2021
It's been almost a full year since the onset of the pandemic, school closings and businesses everywhere adapting as quickly as possible in order to remain successful. The team at JA of Central Carolinas pulled together and shifted to a completely virtual programming model that would work in coordination with the transitions taking place within the school systems we serve.
What followed was much trial and error requiring innovation and flexibility from our team, our partners and those we serve. Did the burden of so much change become heavy at times? It did. How did we remain focused? We kept our eyes on the mission.
With the mission at the forefront of every decision and every action, it serves as a beacon for all we do. With or without a pandemic. At JA, we believe every individual possesses boundless potential and it is our mission to help students achieve a fulfilled future. We deliver on this through education and programs that supports our three pillars: financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship.
There have been many accomplishments during this challenging time. One that's been the most rewarding is the ability to deepen our relationships with school systems and ultimately extend our reach to students beyond those closest in proximity. The sheer size of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the accessibility to both our hands-on learning center and our volunteers ability to be in-classroom has always made them them a strong partner and front runner for the educational opportunities we provide. With the addition of remote learning, we have been able to maintain those valuable relationships but also further engage teachers and students in counties such as Chester, Lancaster, Pender and York. Our hope is to take what we've learned and provide a hybrid model once in-person learning is fully reinstated.
Always one of our busiest seasons, the same is true for Spring 2021. We are grateful for the corporate and community volunteers that continue to share their career pathways and teach students the critical skills needed to increase the likelihood of finding career success, start a business and navigate economic uncertainty. Alongside our partners, our curriculum is how we will continue to make a difference in the lives of youth in our community.
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