At MaxHome we believe in giving back to the community. One of the ways we do this is through the Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans chapter. CEO and owner, Larry Closs, has been involved with the organization for over 8 years. We sat down with him to discuss why this organization is so important to him and how others can get involved.
Larry tell us about the mission of Junior Achievement.
Sure. Junior Achievement is all about the empowerment of young people to own their economic success. This means giving them the knowledge to know how to plan for their future and make smart choices with not only their money, but their academics as well. We want young people to realize the opportunities that exist out there for them and ignite a spark within them to want to go out and experience it. Our volunteer-delivered programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.
At what age can young people start to get involved with Junior Achievement and what type of programs can kids expect to participate in?
Our programs begin as young as kindergarten and go all the way through 12th grade. Each program that we have is geared specifically for that grade level. Each sequence of programs builds on the previous sequence to build a well-rounded curriculum. Right now, we have virtual learning classes and a special program with the Brees Dream Foundation called “Trust Your Crazy Ideas.” This program is geared towards high schoolers and is structured as a business plan competition.
Junior Achievement sounds like a great organization for any business owner to be involved in, but tell us how did you first start volunteering with it?
You know it’s really not that crazy of a story. I was reading a local business magazine and I saw a write up about what they were doing in the community and I really liked it. I wanted in on it! I asked around my circle of friends and eventually found a friend who was on the board. The rest is volunteer history.
Now you are more than just a volunteer, correct?
Yes, I am actually Chair of the Junior Achievement Chapter of Greater New Orleans. There are some really great people that sit on the board with me. I would say some of the best business minds in the Greater New Orleans area. So, the Junior Achievement organization is something that is very important to you.
Yes, it is. I believe it helps give children the skills they need to realize the American dream. It helps create the future leaders of New Orleans.
How does MaxHome help the mission of Junior Achievement?
As a company we donate our time and money. Right now, we are sponsoring an event called from Scratch to Masterpiece. It is a virtual cooking class with chef Jonny Sanchez and mixologist Neal Bodenheimer, owner of Cure. The event will take place on Wednesday September 30, 2020 from 6-7pm. For more information you can visit the event page: https://www.jagno.org/cooking
Larry I just want to thank you for your time today. Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Just that if you want to get involved with Junior Achievement visit https://www.jagno.org/ for more information.