Fostering Junior Achievement
Resolute Commercial Services, a leading integrated commercial workout firm whose services include receivership, corporate renewal, litigation support and distressed asset consulting, believes in nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit while ensuring responsibility and accountability at every turn.
It is no surprise then, that since launching in 2008, the Resolute team has helped take care of the projects and the people behind two million square feet of retail space, 500,000 square feet of office space, 2,000 apartment units, 600 hotel rooms, 35 gas stations/car washes and numerous stand alone businesses in Arizona and beyond.
But the firm's leaders don't limit themselves to solely nurturing those already involved in business - not by 4 longshot.
"We believe our community's young people truly want to learn how to apply responsible entrepreneurial thinking to their lives well before entering the workforce, “states Jeremiah Foster, principal and co-founder of Resolute. “That's why we are dedicated to Junior Achievement, where we can teach the younger generation firsthand how to understand the economy we live in and their place in it.”
"In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle school grades,” explains Foster. "This program was a game changer and a clear response to the concerns of many business leaders who felt our youth were not being taught how the American economic system worked.”
Since entering the classroom, JAAZ has dramatically expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and afterschool students in grades K-12. In addition, its experiential programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park'', have been wildly successful at reinforcing students social studies, language arts, math and workplace skills by giving them real-life application in simulated cities outside of the classroom setting.
Junior Achievement of Arizona (JAAZ) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Tempe that has been educating K-12 students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy since 1957.
As a result, in 2013 alone, JAAZ will engage more than 90,000 students statewide.
Foster, who has volunteered it, the classroom on behalf of JAAZ as well as given time as a mentor for both the Resolute team and colleagues, is proud to today serve as the board chair for the organization, leading is governance and policy strategies.
But it's not all business. We have plenty of time on the board to be a part of the interactive programs with the kids, nor not to mention supporting some great JAAZ fundraisers, too.” states Foster.
One of the most successful interactive programs in recent weeks was the 5th Annual JA You're Hired! Challenge, which brought more Than 350 students from hit Arizona high schools together on March 27, for a series of workshops and competitions focused on:
• Job aptitude and competence
• Business networking
• Essential work-readiness skills
In addition, hiring managers from more than 50 Arizona companies - including those from financial, education. technology, nonprofit, retail and business sectors, among others - were on site to talk with students throughout the day, some offering summer internships.
On the fundraiser side. JAAZ is proud to announce that the 16th Annual Junior Achievement Women's Golf Classic, which has been tiled as the premier 'novice-golfer friendly' women's networking event in the Valley, is set for April 22.
“Space is still available for players and sponsors to join this amazing group of top Valley businesswomen and community leaders for a fun-filled day at McCormick Ranch Golf Club," states Foster. “Both breakfast and lunch are included as a part of the tournament, as well as on-course champagne, massages, cocktails, raffles, and lux silent and live auction items.”Read Full Article