The importance of online learning and opportunities to expand education beyond the four walls of a school have always been a priority for Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Kansas City. In the months and now years following the global events of 2020, this need has only been made greater.
Our onsite options, like JA BizTown®, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, are an example of expanding education, but they’re not the only innovative way that JA is bridging education and real world for students outside the classroom. Enter JA Connect™
JA Connect™ is Junior Achievement’s first self-guided student experience, featuring a flexible, modular repository of activities related to work and career readiness. The online activities give students an opportunity to acquire knowledge and to apply and practice new skills and behaviors inside or outside the classroom.1
JA Connect™ was developed in conjunction with Accenture, a leading global company dedicated to delivering on the promise of technology and human ingenuity.2 After seeing the success of JA Connect™ and the natural partnership between Accenture and JA, we knew they were the right partner to curate a new, inviting and interactive website – the “digital front door” to JA of Greater Kansas City.
“Accenture understands innovation and forging a path, and that’s what we’re doing at JA of Greater Kansas City,” notes Megan Sturges Stanfield, President and CEO. “With our new facility and learning experiences paving a new way for education in KC, it was an easy decision to work with Accenture to develop the new website.”
Accenture’s generous in-kind support for the setup and backend development of the new and improved jagkc.org, is allowing Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City to expand our reach beyond the four walls of our building in addition to the four walls of the schools we partner with.
The need for a localized, customized, and engaging website was at the top of JA’s wish list. The team at Accenture provided best practices, backend and technical setup and assisted with the launch process. Check-ins and guidance were provided along the way to the in-house Junior Achievement staff that built and designed the content of the site.
“Being able to have a sounding board when we hit a snag was vital to our success,” notes JA Director of Marketing and Communications, Torey Berndt. ”Knowing Accenture was just an email away really helped us to dream big and make our website shine the way we wanted it to.”
Accenture committed a variety of resources and personnel to the project, expanding past traditional roles to develop the next generation of talent. On top of consulting resources and guidance, Accenture also utilized apprentices and interns, allowing them to gain experience and take ownership of the project.
Team members who worked on the site included Tina Kucherovsky, John Qosimi, JR Cadwallader, Joe Muelleman, Howard Tempero, Tiauna Fanning and apprentice Andrew Dowd.
The results were exactly what Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City was hoping for. A fun and inviting website that’s easy to navigate with an updated look is now the entry point for educators, volunteers, supporters and more to participate in all that Junior Achievement has to offer.
The website provides resources that invite visitors to learn about Junior Achievement’s mission and the various opportunities for educators, across the K-12 continuum, to engage JA in their lessons to, highlighting our community partners, those at-home tools (like JA Connect™) and much more. To volunteer with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City, visit our volunteer page. If you would like to contribute financial or in-kind support, learn about our investment opportunities.
1 – From JA Connect™ program brief, 2020
2 – Accenture, LLP, “About” webpage