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 (www.jaintl.org ) 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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