TAPintoCamden - Camden High JROTC Students Help to Re-launch Leadership Development Initiative
By JAMES JACKSON
CAMDEN NJ, — For the first time since the ongoing pandemic, Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) held its first in-person High School Heroes Day at Forest Hill School.
On Nov. 9, 55 Camden High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students taught 300 Forest Hill Elementary School children hands-on lessons about valuable money management and business skills.
“We are delighted to see our young leaders step back into the classrooms and serve as role models to elementary school students,” Catherine Milone, president of JANJ, said.
Started in 2009, High School Heroes is an all-encompassing solution that provides high school students with the opportunity to inspire and prepare elementary students with the experiences and skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
To become a hero, a high school student must volunteer and train on the JROTC curriculum. They then receive community service hours.
“This project helped me feel more connected to my community through volunteerism,” said Reynaldo Ortiz, a Camden High School student.
The ninth grader also expressed how his public speaking will improve because of the confidence he gained.
The PSEG Foundation has been a champion of the Junior Achievement mission, helping to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Kearny Bank Foundation and the William G. Rohrer Foundation are also investors of the program.