Guest column: Calling all Junior Achievement Alumni!

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Many Southwest Florida citizens are concerned about preservation of free enterprise today.

As we work to overcome today's economic challenges, we must remain vigilant about preserving the American way of life for future generations as well. This might seem like a tall order, but for more than 30 years Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has been providing students with in- and after-school programs that teach them about economics and free enterprise, including personal finance and job preparedness.

As Junior Achievement continues its focus on teaching the economics of life, the nonprofit organization is seeking the support of Junior Achievement alumni, who have either attended or taught Junior Achievement classes.

From strides made in the classroom to lessons learned in the business world, your stories are the inspiration and Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida wants to enlist your help. By sharing your Junior Achievement story, you can help us raise awareness about what the organization has done for you, and how it can help others.

Why is it so important for us to make more people aware of what this fine organization can do? To help preserve free enterprise for future generations, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida counts on the support of local business leaders and residents. Not only do we rely on the local business community to help cover the costs of delivering the programs in schools to students, but, most importantly, we need their expertise as classroom volunteers to teach those programs.

Our approach to bringing business leaders into the classroom to share real-life lessons about financial literacy, work readiness and free enterprise is what makes Junior Achievement unique.

Some of our volunteers have even arranged for field trips to their company to give the students a real look at what they are being taught in the classes. Not only are the students learning from these local entrepreneurs about the business world, but the volunteers are richly rewarded as well on both a professional and personal level.

Whether you have volunteered or been a Junior Achievement student in Southwest Florida or outside the area, we hope that you will contact us to share your Junior Achievement experience, recruit others to become involved or simply connect to learn more. Please call 239-225-2590, email or go online to

I thank you for your time and consideration.

Kalm, a native of Munich, came to the United States in 1938 at the age of 10. He earned a doctorate in organic/medicinal chemistry and worked for G.D. Searle, Cutter Labs/Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough. He moved to Bentley Village in 2004.

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