Author: Cassie Benzinger
Published: Thursday, 13 Feb 2014
Recently, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell "retweeted" a Twitter message from Junior Achievement of Delaware <http://jadelaware.org/> , encouraging teens to benefit from summer jobs. By using the state?s signature #NetDE hashtag for Twitter, Gov. Markell retweeted JA?s call for experiential learning through summer jobs. For most JA Areas, such official attention would be a pleasant surprise. For JA of Delaware, however, it is a common occurrence to have Gov. Markell so connected to Junior Achievement. <http://juniorachievementusa.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/gov-jack-markell-retweet.png>According to Patrick Daley, Junior Achievement of Delaware?s former development manager, "We have greatly benefited from the close-knit community of the ?First State.? The culture and size of Delaware provides remarkable access to influential business leaders and politicians. Gov. Markell is an incredible asset to Junior Achievement and Delaware?s youth. At the top of his agenda are innovation, job creation and the education to cultivate a strong future workforce."And Gov. Markell is not just a supporter in word only?he is also a JA volunteer."Gov. Markell has volunteered for JA in a sixth?grade class at Skyline Middle School. He visits JA WORLD once a year or so to promote financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and has been a strong advocate of our Innovation Hub," Daley said.The Innovation Hub is an interactive program for students, teachers and guidance counselors to better understand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career options and track what high school courses, secondary education and skill sets each vocation requires. When Gov. Markell?s busy schedule prevents participation with Junior Achievement, he will often send Lt. Gov. Matt Denn to fill in or has penned a letter or posted a video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi3zPKa3FR0&feature=youtu.be> on YouTube to welcome guests. His active participation earned him the JA Delaware Outstanding Leadership Award in 1998/99.Junior Achievement thanks volunteers like Gov. Markell, who share their experiences and skills with students in the community, helping them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life. <http://juniorachievementusa.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/sen-coons-tweet-about-ja.png>
Junior Achievement Student
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
Junior Achievement Student
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."