Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Maryland launches a monthlong fund-raising drive today to raise $300,000 to provide business programs for 16,000 schoolchildren in the Baltimore metropolitan area and Cecil County.
W. Douglas Littrell, the organization's president, said the drive is aimed at businesses. About 125 of the area's top executives and business managers were expected to attend the campaign's kick-off breakfast today at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Spring Garden Plant at Leadenhall Street and Fort Avenue in South Baltimore.
Mr. Littrell said the fund-raiser is expected to provide most of the organization's funds for 1993. Junior Achievement's operating budget was $350,000 this year, and it has projected a $500,000 budget for next year.
"We provide pre-employment training for businesses. Businesses spend thousands of dollars on this type of training. We hope by spending a little now, they won't have to spend that later," Mr. Littrell said.
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland provides business programs for students in Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, Harford, Anne Arundel and Cecil counties and Baltimore City. The organization offers the following courses to students in participating schools:
* The JA Co. Program, the original JA course, is an extracurricular program that helps high school students learn about economics by organizing and operating their own businesses. Management-consulting assistance is provided by volunteer advisers from local business.
* Applied Economics is an in-school, one-semester, fully accredited course that introduces high school students to the business world. The students learn about the business world by creating a "student company." Volunteers from area businesses work with the students.
* Project Business is an in-school, supplemental business and economics education program for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Twelve to 15 weekly lessons developed by JA are presented by a volunteer business consultant.
* Business Basics teaches fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders about the business world.
* It's Elementary is the newest of the JA programs and is geared for students in kindergarten through grade six. Students receive business instruction in subjects ranging from money and banking to skills necessary for employment.