DLA Distribution commander mentors local middle school students through Junior Achievement Program of Central Pennsylvania

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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Late last month, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution commander Army Brig. Gen. Richard Dix took time out of his busy schedule to volunteer with the Junior Achievement Program of Central Pennsylvania.  Following five mentoring sessions with Dix, 22 8th grade students from New Cumberland Middle School graduated from the JA program, receiving certificates and a commander’s coin for their accomplishments.

During the sessions, Dix worked with the students using the “Five Year Plan,” a counseling tool used by the Department of the Army to guide the professional development of subordinates. He was able to use the plan in a way that allowed the students to map out their next five years culminating at the end of their freshman year of college.  The exercise allowed the students to starting thinking about their future, requiring them to do research on what they would need to do to reach their desired goals.

“I am very proud of their accomplishments; they all have bright futures ahead of them,” said Dix.

JA is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship, through experiential, hands-on programs. Their purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.