Jeff Kennedy from John Deere taught Valley City third-graders about how a city runs using the book "Our City," for Junior Achievement.
Junior Achievement, a nonprofit organization aimed at inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy, now has a presence in Valley City.
A year ago, Jeff Kennedy, John Deere's employee relations manager, suggested to the Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp. that JA would be a good way to help young people become more involved with volunteerism, civic responsibility and "a voice back to city government on what the kids want." He implemented the program along with Josh Kasowski from Bank Forward and spent last year in a pilot program, teaching Valley City third-graders about how a city runs.
JA allows volunteers from the community to teach youth about various topics relating to workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on program.
John Deere and Bank Forward donated money and volunteers to support the program last year, but Kennedy and Kasowski hope to get the community more involved this year.
To learn more about the program and its need for volunteers, read Tuesday's Times-Record.