MacKenzie Scott gifts $1M to Kansas City’s Junior Achievement

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott selected Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City to receive a $ 1 million slice of his $ 38.8 million national gift for nonprofit.

The nonprofit, in the Northwood Shopping Center near 47th Avenue and Mission Road in Kansas City, Kansas, will use the money to launch 3DE by Junior Achievement, an education model that connects core academic lessons to real life through the mentorship of local business leaders.

Northeast High School of Kansas City Public Schools and Olathe East High School of Olathe Public Schools will be the first in the metro to try the model. The first cohort of 3DE students will be under the guidance of leaders from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Mark One Electric Co. and VMLY&R.

The model will start in the ninth grade and grow consecutively every year until the 12th grade. 3DE applies real world case methods and challenges from case partners – local or national companies and Kansas City offices that design problems for students to solve. The program takes existing high school curriculum and connects it to real-world concepts.

Megan Sturges StanfieldCEO of the local chapter, said the school was chosen because of the established relationship of their district with Junior Achievement and their inevitable influence on the surrounding district to follow their lead and apply the 3DE model.

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