August 19, 2013
CATOOSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation has been recognized by Junior Achievement of Oklahoma with a Red Apple Award for its efforts to increase financial literacy and college preparedness amongst Cherokee students. The award is the result of an ongoing partnership with the Cherokee Nation Foundation and Cherokee Nation Businesses that has directly impacted 3,279 students.
“Our combined efforts have made it possible to motivate young Cherokees and help them in their pursuit of higher education and rewarding careers,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have had so much support of this endeavor and are pleased to see the impact that Cherokee Nation Foundation and Cherokee Nation Businesses can have on the community by working together.”
Through the partnership, JA curriculum was implemented in 124 classrooms at more than 20 schools within the tribe’s jurisdiction. CNF staff is hoping to double the number of participating schools within the next year.
“This award is a great acknowledgment of our success thus far, and it inspires us to set high goals for the coming school year,” said Jay Calhoun, CNB director and board member for both Junior Achievement and the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “Our employees enjoy working with the students and have taken such pride in developing a system to educate and prepare our future business and community leaders.”
Programming spans from elementary school through high school and includes two new pilot programs. The Cherokee Nation is also the first tribe to set up shop in JA’s BizTown, a kid-sized city teaching financial literacy and life lessons through hands-on application.
“Volunteers are truly the heartbeat of Junior Achievement. They carry an important message of hope and encouragement to students in classrooms throughout the state,” said Belynda Clanton, vice president of programs for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. “The Cherokee Nation shares our mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Together, we are working to ensure more students in eastern Oklahoma have the opportunity to participate in JA programs.”
The award was accepted by CNF and CNB officials at a reception on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Junior Achievement facility in Tulsa.
For more information about these programs and more, visit www.cherokeenationfoundation.org or call 918-207-0950. To learn more about how you can support Junior Achievement Oklahoma or to sign up your classroom, visit www.oklahoma.ja.org.