North's DECA Youth Philanthropy Group Donates

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio to Receive $1,500
Posted on 04/17/2019
Image of Junior Achievement Award at NorthDestiny Druso, Aylena Rush and Chaudralyn Bell, seniors in Eric Mathews' North High School DECA Youth Philanthropy Group, have chosen to award a grant of $1,500 to Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. JA Board Vice-Chair Randy Wallace from Lockheed Martin; John Weil, JA interim president; and Denice Schafer, JA chief academic officer, were present to accept the contribution during a check presentation yesterday (April 16) at North.

The students, participating in a Magnified Giving Program that started in Cincinnati, were given funds to invest in the local nonprofit community. Funds were also donated from the North High School-based enterprise. Magnified Giving’s mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy and to touch the hearts and minds of teens, lighten the concerns of others and magnify the impact of philanthropy.

Through a six-step curriculum, students are educated on the true meaning of philanthropy and the critical needs in their community as well as the non-profits serving those needs. Magnified Giving inspires the students by showing they can change their community through service and giving back. Students are also engaged with their passions by advocating for action to change a problem. Finally, Magnified Giving and donors empower the students to make an educated decision regarding the agency most deserving of this treasure.

Destiny, Aylena and Chaudralyn researched Junior Achievement, met with JA staff members and visited a JA program to see a volunteer -- in action -- before nominating JA to receive this grant.

“You have helped us learn about the many wonderful things being done by your organization,” Destiny told the organization.

Alyena said, “We have learned how to review and evaluate grant applications and were challenged to make decisions among many excellent project ideas.”

“The goal of this project was to teach my students about the spirit of philanthropy through giving back to others in our community,” said North's Entrepreneurship and Marketing Instructor and DECA Adviser Eric Mathews, .

“As a not-for-profit organization that exists because of the generous support of businesses, foundations and individuals in our local community, we are excited to not only receive this grant but to be a part of this learning experience for the North students,” said JA's Denice Schafer. “This grant will allow us to purchase JA program materials for 15 classrooms and nearly 350 Akron Public School students this year,” she added.

About Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio (JANCO)
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio coordinates JA programming in 12 Ohio counties including Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Holmes, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne. During the 2017-18 school year 20,154 students in 967 classes in 137 schools participated in JA. Visit for more information.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

About Akron Public Schools
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About Magnified Giving
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