Recognizing Our People in the Community: Drew Mitchell and Jessica Vargas

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Written By: Amanda Watson, Marketing Director (Portage, IN)

Drew Mitchell, VP - Development (LaGrange, Ill.) and Jessica Vargas, Project Architect (Portage, Ind.) are board members of Junior Achievement of Chicago - Northwest Indiana Division, a nonprofit organization that provides unique learning experiences for students throughout Northwest Indiana.

Junior Achievement partners with businesses and educators to bring real world experiences to the classroom, helping students open their minds and their potential. Volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

JA programs start in kindergarten and go through high school, empowering the next generation to own their economic success through every stage of life. Last school year, JA of Chicago was in over 2,000 classrooms in Lake and Porter Counties and reached over 49,000 students. JA programs are free to schools thanks to the help of its corporate partners as well as volunteer support.

Those wanting to support JA's Northwest Indiana Division are encouraged to donate via their website, or complete a volunteer form to learn more about volunteering.