NR: Greater Shreveport Chamber, SB African American Chamber and Junior Achievement Join Forces for “Partners in the Zone”
“Partners in the Zone” links businesses and Junior Achievement to provide training in Transformation Zone schools
Shreveport - The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are collaborating for “Partners in the Zone.” “Partners in the Zone” is the first project of a new Shreveport Chamber initiative “Business in the Zone.” “Business in the Zone” is a multi-pronged effort to build sustained partnerships between local businesses and schools in the Caddo Parish Public Schools’ Transformation Zone.
“Partners in the Zone” is the inaugural effort of this initiative and will marshal qualified professionals from Chamber members’ companies to volunteer through Junior Achievement to empower the youth in the elementary, middle and high schools that are in the Transformation Zone.
“As Chambers of Commerce, we recognize that a quality education for all of our children is vital not only for the success of our economy, but for the vibrancy of our community. We appreciate the additional effort that Caddo Parish Public Schools is making to ensure the success of the students in the Transformation Zone. Through “Business in the Zone” we are organizing the business community to help support those efforts,” Said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “Our first project, “Partners in The Zone” will help solidify and expand on the great work Junior Achievement (JA) has been doing by providing additional opportunities for business professionals to volunteer in helping to deliver quality JA programs in Transformation Zone schools.”
“It is important that the students in Caddo’s Transformation Zone schools picture themselves successful,” said Nita Cook, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of North Louisiana. “When a student grows up in a community where success isn’t reflected in their surroundings, it is especially important to help students connect the dots between education and success. Our mentors understand that how much energy a student puts into their education and how much they expect to get out of it, will determine how much effort they put into it. By volunteering, mentors help invent a successful future of our community’s T-Zone students.”
An informational session outlining volunteer opportunities will be held August 23rd from 4:00 – 5:00 at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce located at 400 Edwards Street in downtown Shreveport. Anyone interested in supporting this effort is encouraged to attend.