About JR Executives
The story behing us…
JR Executives is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization (26-2949664) that focuses on leadership development. This program has been provided to youth ages 15 to 19 years old in the greater Phoenix metro area. JR Executives is open to community regardless of: race, religion; gender; or social status. Our Leaders (Youth) will receive 1.0 high school credit upon successfully completing our program (7 month program only). JR Executives has selected Blueprint Education as its curriculum provider. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) are accreditation divisions of AdvancED.
Arizona has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the country. Nearly 50 percent of all high school students in the state fail to graduate from high school. Arizona also has one of the lowest college going rates in the country about 25 percent. Thousands of Arizona high-school students drop out of school annually. Many of these children are too old to go to bed early and too young to drive, yet they abandon Arizona schools at the rate of about 13,000 each year according to Arizona Department of Education. Faced with the overwhelming task of finding a job in an increasingly complex and challenging society, why would a student leave high school before graduating? JR Executives believes we may have some answers.
JR Executives program is modeled after other successful programs in the state, but it is adapted to meet the needs of the community. The staff at JR Executives is highly motivated to assist to build the passion back into our Arizona youth. They work alongside school administrators to identify and address key issues affecting Arizona’s education system. We’ve identified certain behaviors associated with high school dropouts. We also discovered that the dropout process can begin as early as kindergarten. This is contrary to earlier thought that dropping out was more of an impulsive act rather than a long-term process. Until recently, most dropout intervention programs typically target high school students. JR Executives Education and Leadership program assist middle and high school students.
Educators may be overlooking important developmental trajectories exhibited by students prior to entering high school. Reducing Arizona’s dropout rates requires a profound rethinking of how to keep students in school. JR Executives have developed innovative programs designed to make it easier for children to get from middle school to high-school graduation. Projects address everything from tracking struggling students to dropout intervention to increasing parental involvement to locating scholarships for high-school graduates.
- To enhance the leadership skills of exemplary youth who have demonstrated leadership qualities and concerns for the community.
- Identify both emerging and existing youth leaders and assist in developing leadership skills.
- To provide these youth with a practical and basic understanding of major challenges and opportunities facing the Phoenix metropolitan area.
- Allow opportunities for interaction with community and business leaders.
- To enhance the educational experience of these future leaders and stimulate increased interest‚ participation and commitment to the community.
- Teach students the benefits of voluntary involvement in community services projects.
- To encourage interest and participation in community and volunteer activities‚ both at the present time and in the future.
- Encourage students to engage in making the community a better place to live.
- To encourage students to take on responsibility of being school leaders and to strive to make their schools and community a better place to attend, live, and work.
- To foster and develop teamwork skills.
- To provide a geographically and culturally diverse group of students in a forum for establishing mutual trust, respect for others and friendship.