On Tuesday, October 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 noon, 55 college students from University of St. Francis will join 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people in their classrooms at Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive, Fort Wayne.

These college students will share JA middle school programs filled with economic and personal financial literacy learning activities during the school-wide JA in a Day. The all-school focus increases student excitement and enhances their learning and retention as hands-on activities immediately build upon one another.

The Miami Middle School students are among the first to benefit from new JA in a Day activities that are the result of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana’s “Making It Relevant” effort. This innovation focuses on locally modifying current JA middle school programs to include enhancements that will make the learning activities relevant to the challenging economic circumstances being experienced by children and their families. The Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship Award, one of only five granted nationwide by MetLife Foundation.

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Wins Award for Innovation
Innovation in the classroom is vital to making learning relevant for today’s students. In recognition of one of its creative ideas designed to make education relevant, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana has won a 2012 MetLife Foundation Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship Award. The award, one of only five across the nation, includes a $10,000 grant for developing and demonstrating the innovation.

On Saturday, August 10, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park West in downtown Fort Wayne, Cap n’ Cork and Lake City Bank are sponsoring the second annual Wine & Beer Festival to benefit Junior Achievement. In a relaxed New Orleans atmosphere, specialty Indiana wineries and craft brewers will offer taste testing as they share their knowledge about transforming grapes into smooth wines and hops into the best hand-crafted beer.