Archival Collection #237 - National Junior Achievement Conference - is a collection compiled by the donor, Gina Bivins, that includes archival materials and some 3-dimensional objects. They represent the experience of Bivins as a teenage participant in this inspiring international organization.
Gina Bivins of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a member of Junior Achievement in her senior year in high school, 1965-66. She won the local contest for Safety Director and went to the JA National Convention held in Bloomington Indiana. A significant moment in her teen years, Bivins recalls "somehow managing to win the National Safety Director of the Year title and the Grand Rapids contingent did well overall, also bringing home the President of the Year and fifth place Speaker of the Year."
The following year she went to the Convention as a counselor/chaperone for the National Organization and was active in a different capacity in 1967. The scrapbook was something she assembled with all of the “daily bulletins” for the conference and also the Grand Rapids newspaper article announcing how we did as a delegation.
Junior Achievement's Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. According to Wikipedia, JA Worldwide is a global non-profit youth organization founded in 1919 by Horace A. Moses, Theodore Vail, and Winthrop M. Crane. JA works with local businesses, schools, and organizations to deliver experiential learning programs in the areas of work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to students from ages 5 to 25.