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JA of the Bluegrass Spotlight
Where: JA BizTown® 2420 Spurr Road, Lexington, KY 40511
Time: Typically 4 hours
JA BizTown serves 5th-grade classrooms with a series of in-class lessons that culminate in a visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. In the classroom, students learn important concepts in financial literacy, community economics, work readiness and business management.
JA Finance Park®
Where: JA Finance Park® 2420 Spurr Road, Lexington, KY 40511
Time: Typically 4 hours
Innovative, bold, relevant. JA Finance Park is all that, and more. It's a financial literacy laboratory that inspires and prepares youth to succeed. This campus is an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.
Junior Achievement's Adopt-A-School (AAS) program was implemented in 2000. The initiative allows a company to partner with a particular school, underwriting the JA materials needed to address the needs of the educators.
Junior Achievement worked with over 24,000 students in the Central Kentucky area this 2017-18 school year. The business/education partnerships of JA are greatly enhanced by the volunteers who are willing to invest their time and resources on its behalf.
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Inc.
Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Business
Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Results: JA USA impacted over 4.6 million U.S. students in more than 200,000 classrooms during 2014-2015.
Target demographics: Empower young people to own their economic success through delivering educational programs to students Kindergarten through 12th Grade teaching the key concepts of Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. Partnering Central Kentucky schools with Business and Community Organizations to foster an effective 21st century workforce for the State of Kentucky.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 18,300 students in 2014-15
Geographic areas served: Central Kentucky Schools
Programs: Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they'll face.
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JA of the Bluegrass Events
At JA of the Bluegrass, we host several events throughout the year to raise money to support our programming. These events also engage the community in our efforts to reach students! Whether you'd like to get involved on an individual level or as a business through event sponsorship, we offer several ways for you to support our work while having a great time!
JA of the Bluegrass Inspire Virtual
When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM EST
JA Inspire Virtual is more than a virtual career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch 8th-12th grade students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond.
JA of the Bluegrass Miss Business
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Where: JA BizTown / JA Finance Park Facility
Time: 7:30 AM EST
The Junior Achievement Miss Business educational workshop is a unique opportunity designed to help young women develop a successful business and professional career.
Time: 7:30AM-3:00PM/Networking Reception 3:00PM-4:00PM
These JA Events have already taken place, but they will be back! If you would like to learn more about them, please contact us!
JA of the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame
When: Monday, August 30, 2021
Where: Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott
Time: 6:00 PM EST
The Laureates inducted into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame have substance in the American Dream. Their labor and vision not only benefited their own businesses but also improved the quality of life in the entire Bluegrass area.
JA of the Bluegrass Bowl-A-Thon
When: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 AM EST
Since 1986, Central Kentucky businesses have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars by participating in JA's Annual Bowl-A-Thon event. Bowling skills are not required, just a desire to have fun with your fellow employees and raise money for JA!
Lexington, Ky.— The Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Laurel R. Martin has been named President effective October 28, 2020. She succeeds Lynn Hudgins, who retires as President after 22 years.
As president of JA of the Bluegrass, Martin will oversee a staff of five, who manage the organization’s work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs that reached more than 24,000 K-12 students locally in 2018-2019.
“Laurel’s extensive experience will be invaluable to the organization,” said Brad Lovell, Keeneland VP & Chief Information Officer and JA of the Bluegrass Board Chair. “We are pleased to have her running our operation. The leadership Laurel will provide will help ensure the continued success of JA in our service area.”
Laurel Raimondo Martin, Ph.D., formerly Associate Vice President for Advancement at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Executive Director of the BCTC Foundation, Inc., brings more than ten years of nonprofit experience.
Martin began her career in higher education 27 years ago and has held administrative and faculty positions at both private and public higher education institutions. Additionally, she served as Executive Director of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Executive Office, where she was responsible for a 501(c)(3) organization with a $2 million operating budget that provided support to and services for 1,900 volunteers and 180,000 members.
Martin earned a B.S. from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Leadership, Organization, and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She passed the CFRE in 2006.
About JA of the Bluegrass
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown of schools, JA of the Bluegrass has responded with new, transformative education solutions. Classroom volunteers continue to be utilized virtually, and we are offering JA BizTown Adventures and JA Finance Park Virtual while our facility is closed.
JA BizTown Adventures is a virtual experience for students (grades 5 and 6), who gain an understanding of running a business through the roles of chief executive officer, chief financial officer, marketing director, sales manager, and consumer through five online, self-guided adventures.
JA Finance Park Virtual builds a foundation upon which students can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. The program comprises several teacher-led lessons and a variety of optional online activities. The experience culminates in a budgeting simulation.
In November, students (grades 8-12) from school districts across Kentucky will participate in JA Inspire Virtual, an interactive career exploration event showcasing careers with employers and industry leaders around the state.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass Board of Directors announced Wednesday the retirement of President Lynn Hudgins. She will retire Nov. 6, 2020.
Hudgins has served as president of JA of the Bluegrass since September 1998. Prior to joining JA of the Bluegrass, she worked for Commerce Lexington (Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce) first as communications director and later as vice president, Membership & Special Events. Under her leadership, the JA of the Bluegrass has grown from teaching approximately 9,000 students by 350 classroom volunteers in 1998 to reaching 24,005 students through 1,306 classroom volunteers during the 2018-19 school year. JA of the Bluegrass serves 36 counties in Central Kentucky.
Top Central Kentucky companies have trusted her stewardship and enthusiastically support JA’s regional mission through financial
investment and volunteers in the classroom. Early in her tenure with JA of the Bluegrass, Hudgins began engaging the Laureates of JA’s Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame to strengthen the organization’s growth efforts by utilizing their wisdom, ideas and experience. These included such well-respected Central Kentucky leaders as Mira Ball, Ann Bakhaus, James E. Bassett III, Buddy Cowgill, Jim Host, and the late Alan Bloomfield and Warren Rosenthal. Through a series of meetings with Laureates, the Adopt-A-School initiative was born and the organization’s annual revenue and endowment increased.
“JA has been so blessed to have Lynn Hudgins’ amazing leadership and vision during her 22 years as president,” said Bakhaus, former JA board chair and Hall of Fame Laureate. “Her passionate and unwavering attention to teaching financial literacy in the classroom and the creation of JA BizTown/JA Finance Park have made a lasting impact on children in 36 Kentucky counties. Our area is one of the top performers in the JA USA organization due in large part to Lynn’s dedication. Thank you, my dear friend, for a job well done!”
Perhaps Lynn’s most transformative accomplishment is the completion of the JA BizTown/JA Finance Park facility, which opened in 2017. This immersive experiential learning facility has been a game changer for both JA of the Bluegrass as an organization as well as for the students of Central and Eastern Kentucky. Students learn financial literacy and how business works through exciting activities that reflect the operations of major storefront partners such as KU/LG&E, CHI Saint Joseph Health, Forcht Bank, Keeneland, Toyota, UK Healthcare and the University of Kentucky among others. JA BizTown/JA Finance Park was unique in that it was approved by JA USA as the smallest JA Area to date because of the strong fundraising, sponsor and storefront partner support, which also enabled it to open without first securing a named facility partner.
Brad Lovell, Keeneland VP and chief information officer and JA of the Bluegrass board chair said, “Lynn has been an exceptional president
exhibiting leadership at the local and national level. She is passionate about JA’s mission of financial literacy and workforce readiness. She has brought robust programming to the area and accomplished significant goals, including the JA BizTown facility. We will miss her and wish her the very best on her retirement.”
Over the years, JA of the Bluegrass and Hudgins individually have garnered many awards and honors, including the Summit Award for Excellence for nine consecutive years beginning 2003-04 and the JA USA 5-Star award six years beginning 2013-14. Of note, Hudgins was a finalist for the 2017 Charles R. Hook Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a JA president, and that same year, JA of the Bluegrass was a finalist for the Commerce Lexington Small Business of the Year award as the Innovation category winner.
The JA of the Bluegrass Board of Directors will conduct a comprehensive national search for a new president.
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