May 20, 2014
On Tuesday, 20-MAY-2014, a group of 11 BIC employees participated in “JA in a Day”, a program run by Junior Achievement, at Perry Hill School in Shelton. The volunteers delivered the six lessons in the Junior Achievement “Global Marketplace” curriculum to eleven classes of sixth grade students at the school—all in one day! BIC also sponsored the educational materials for ten classrooms.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Their programs help prepare young people for the real-world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

All of the lessons in the Junior Achievement curriculum are taught by corporate volunteers from the local community—like our BIC volunteers! The corporate volunteers prepare lesson plans from the guides developed by Junior Achievement and help bring the business concepts to life by providing real-world examples based on their own work experiences.

BIC Milford and Shelton Employees Help Local Students 'Achieve'

The Global Marketplace curriculum was a perfect fit for the expertise of BIC volunteers, who were able to share with students what it is like to work for a global company.

“I think that Junior Achievement does great things for the students it serves by giving them real-world learning experiences,” said Nicole Zacarelli, Associate Brand Manager – Sheaffer and BIC Junior Achievement Volunteer. “I’m really glad I could be a part of the organization right here in Shelton along with my colleagues. It was a valuable learning experience for both me and for the students, and I truly enjoyed the hands-on experience that goes along with the program and getting to work in the classroom.”

Many local companies were present at the event, either as sponsors or volunteers, and it was a wonderful way to bring the community together to support our future leaders and to provide students with important lessons that are not part of a typical school curriculum.

“Together, BIC volunteers positively impacted 247 students! I would like to thank the BIC team for recognizing the value in partnering with Junior Achievement and for sharing their enthusiasm for the program with the students. We had a great day at Perry Hill School! I would also like to thank the BIC Community Relations and Human Resources departments for bringing this volunteer opportunity to BIC employees,” said Kristine Boles, Valley Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut.

Overall, the day was a great success, for both the students who learned about global business and the volunteers who had the opportunity to share their expertise!

On Thursday, 05-JUN-2014, BIC was recognized at the Junior Achievement “Spirit of Achievement” Valley Breakfast for its exceptional commitment to the organization during this year’s Perry Hill School JA in a Day.

Thank you to our BIC volunteers for a job well done!