1. Why is it the organization named the Franklin Initiative?
The Franklin Initiative gets its namesake from Benjamin Franklin, who was a firm believer in the importance of education, and whose philosophy about education falls in line with the mission of our organization.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance." - Benjamin Franklin
2. What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
For the Reality Store®, Career Speakers Bureau, Mock Interviews, Career Day, and Job Shadowing programs, volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
As volunteers will be interacting with youth, they must also consent to and pass a free background check.
3. Do I have to be a Chamber member to volunteer or serve as an exhibitor?
No. Although most of our volunteers are Chamber members, that is not a requirement.
4. Why do you do the Reality Store® in middle school, as opposed to high school?
Since the Reality Store® illustrates the connection between current grades and future success, we hold the Reality Store® in middle school as a way to encourage students that it is not too late to get their grades up. When students transition to high school, their GPA resets, so we use this exercise to help them see the importance of their grades and encourage them to improve their grades and study habits prior to reaching high school.
5. Can I donate to the Franklin Initiative?
The Franklin Initiative is part of the The Chamber Foundation, which is a registered 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to creating partnerships between business and the community in support of education. Monetary and in-kind donations to the Chamber Foundation are tax deductible. Visit our Support the Franklin Initiative page to learn more about how to donate.
6. I'm a teacher. Can the Franklin Initiative help me provide experiences and opportunities for my students?
The Franklin Initiative is glad to work with teachers to help provide career speakers, career panels, job shadowing opportunities, mock interviews, and internships. If you would like to partner with us, please contact Christopher J Emge for more information.