Junior Achievement provides hands-on experiences for students in finance, economic and business related activities by through classroom and afterschool activities.
Schenck will move to his new position Feb. 1.
“My role within the organization is to support the design and implementation (of the new digital JA Company Program curriculum),” Schenck said. “It really builds upon what I have been doing in Nashville for the past three years.”
Schenck has worked for the Middle Tennessee chapter of Junior Achievement for the past nine years. The past three years were spent working with the organizations to implement the updated JA Company Program.
He said he was excited to be taking what he has done with JA Company Program to the national level.
The company program gives students the experience of running a business through an afterschool program.
Student competitions are also a part of the new program. While in Nashville, Schenck was a part of the first JA Team Business Shark Tank for the Nashville office. The competition had student teams presenting their companies to potential investors.
One of the things Schenck has enjoyed about working for Junior Achievement is connecting activities with what students are already learning in the classroom.
Schenck said he remembers Junior Achievement coming to his school when he was a student in Cleveland.
“I have vivid memories of having JA when I was in school, and the impact of that,” Schenck said.
He said he was glad to know that there was still a strong JA program in the Ocoee region.
Schenck moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Junior Achievement became a way for Schenck to combine his interest in business and his “passion for youth education and for youth development.”
“It (JA) was a great way for me to combine those two things,” Schenck said.
The program also appealed to him for other reasons.
“I was very interested in working in nonprofit,” Schenck said.
JA also appealed to Schenck because his parents were entrepreneurs in Cleveland. His parents still live in Cleveland.
Junior Achievement has 118 offices in the United States.