Mayor Barrett declares May 17th "JA Day" in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Mayor Tom Barrett declared May 17th “JA Day” in the City of Milwaukee. The Junior Achievement program, “JA Day”, creates opportunities for area businesses and volunteers to teach students about the importance of entrepreneurship, business concepts and financial literacy.

“JA Day” will see 3,000 students from 8 different MPS schools participate in the program. MPS Superintendent, Dr. Gregory Thornton, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin President, Tim Greinert and Alderman Terry Witkowski will be on hand at Morgandale Elementary, 9:30 a.m. Friday to proclaim May 17th as “JA Day”.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

The organization prepares young people for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 165,000 students in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and learn the value of contributing to their communities.