In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JA of Chicago has been working to not only improve our current blended learning digital program delivery method, but we have also created new online digital resources for students and their families. We are collaborating with schools in Chicago to determine programmatic needs and technology infrastructure capabilities. JA of Chicago has actively engaged corporate partners to participate in virtual volunteering opportunities. Our program staff has been working closely with Chicagoland community and school partners to provide engaging digital resources for JA students.
These new digital resources JA has developed in response to COVID-19 have evolved the way we are able to connect our students to volunteers and programming. Many of our schools have a high population of at-risk students, and being displaced from school due to the COVID-19 crisis disrupts the stability a traditional learning environment can provide. JA of Chicago’s hope is that by connecting with our community partners, we can bring back a sense of normalcy to their day with these digital resources. We are doing this so our students can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today.
Junior Achievement is committed to promoting a more equitable and just tomorrow. With JA’s virtual volunteering and digital programming, we are now able to provide our young people with even greater mentoring opportunities! Junior Achievement of Chicago’s outreach in recent years into schools with a 51% or higher low-to-moderate income (LMI) population, as well as our reach into schools with diverse (Non-White) populations shows our commitment to bring these skills to all students. On a yearly basis, our impact (on a percentage basis) has exceeded the overall percentage of LMI (45%) and diverse (58%) students in our 12-county franchise area. To learn more about JA's impact on these students, please view our Why JA case statement below.
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