JA of Wisconsin Creates Tremendous Trilateral Partnership

Antonio Avery, senior program manager for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, recently presented at a community event on the value and importance of JA. After the presentation concluded, he connected with professors from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM), who then put him in touch with one of their colleagues for a memorable collaborative experience.

The professor is in charge of the Social Studies Department at UWM. After a few meetings and brainstorming sessions, Antonio collaborated with the professor's 17 first-semester students to teach JA. The college students taught JA in 17 middle school classrooms across the Milwaukee area. The college students turned JA volunteers also volunteered for five days at JA Finance Park.

But the story does not end there. The professor was so impressed with the management of the first semester students and how much value the partnership gave them, he offered to have his second semester group volunteer with JA in the same way. This time, 21 college students entered middle school classrooms and spent five days at JA Finance Park.

"That's 38 classroom and 10 JA Finance Park dates for a total of more than 1,800 students!" Antonio said. "This joint effort was extremely successful because of the partnership Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has with the Milwaukee Public Schools. This is a great example of persistence on the part of the university students and terrific collaboration. Everyone benefits: the college students, the middle school students and Junior Achievement."

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