Lansing Resident Takes Junior Achievement Economic Education To Montenegro

Jul 17, 2003, 01:00 ET from Junior Achievement

    LANSING, Mich., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Lansing resident Susan Stuart was
 one of six Americans selected to represent Junior Achievement Inc. (JA) and
 Junior Achievement International (JAI) in Montenegro in an effort to expand
 economic education programs for high school students in the region.  The
 effort is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and has enabled JA
 volunteers, staff and board members to train 26 educators on JA programs,
 equipping teachers to run JA programs in Montenegrin schools.
     "It was exciting to see that Montenegrin students are as eager to learn
 about free market enterprise as the students we work with here in Ingham,
 Eaton and Clinton Counties," said Stuart, program manager, JA of Mid-Michigan.
     "We were honored that JA of Mid-Michigan could be part of this historic
 effort," said Larry Richardson, executive director, JA of Mid-Michigan.  "It's
 great that the resources we have right here in Lansing could be used to create
 international social stability."
     The Montenegrin educators were trained on three high school programs:
 Company Program, Applied Economics and Management and Economic Simulation
 Exercise (MESE).  Participants in JA's Company Program learn to start and run
 their own businesses, make managerial decisions regarding price, research and
 development, marketing and production of fictional products through the MESE
 simulation.  In addition, participants will learn the fundamentals of
 economics through the JA Applied Economics curriculum.  Qualified educators
 will work with JA staff to select the appropriate program for their classrooms
 this September.
     The trip to Montenegro is the second part of an exchange that hosted more
 than 30 Montenegrin students and educators in February of this year.  The
 return exchange will conclude with an alumni event to reconnect Montenegrin
 participants with the Americans they interacted with during the first exchange
 earlier this year.
     Last year, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural
 Affairs created the exchange program, called the Montenegro Young Business
 Leaders Program.  The Bureau then invited JAI to apply for a grant to
 administer the program.  This grant, as well as significant contributions from
 JAI and its partners, is funding the program.
     In the future, the program will be translated and introduced in the
 Serbian and English languages to reach more students.  JAI programming will
 begin in schools immediately following the visit.
     Junior Achievement is the world's oldest, largest and fastest-growing
 nonprofit economic education organization.  JA operates in communities across
 the US through a network of 151 offices.  Junior Achievement International
 ( ) is responsible for developing and serving JA programs in 112
 countries.  Over 6 million young people participate annually in JA programs
 around the world from Albania to Zimbabwe.

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