Junior Achievers of B.C. busy at TRU today
The university campus may be quieter this week — it’s reading week there — but at least 20 classrooms will be busy today (Feb. 21) as Junior Achievement of British Columbia holds its Economics for Success program.
Regional manager Gemma Gowling said several hundred students in grades 9 and 10 and about 40 business volunteers will take part in the program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. in various locations at Thompson Rivers University.
The program focuses on key skills students will need in the future: Budgeting, planning, understanding the cost of living on their own, finding an apartment and other life skills that have a business-related basis.
Too often, students head out in search of a first job with the expectation they’ll be able to move out and pay for the life they envision in their head, Gowling said.
“But, the reality is, if you’re working an entry-level job, that probably won’t happen. We talk about the realities they’ll face.”
The volunteers will tell their own stories and then guide the students through the exercise, Gowling said.
The Daybreak Rotary Club of Kamloops is providing the learning materials and other community organizations are sponsoring other aspects of the event — including lunch for the students, which will see 100 pizzas delivered for what will undoubtedly be rapid consumption, Gowling said.
It wraps up with a keynote address by Jo Berry in the Grand Hall of the Campus Activity Centre.