For Community Foundation

The GEM Fair brings hundreds of students to JMU annually for a simulated international marketplace. (GEM stands for Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace.)

Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley. SVEE provides the resources to teach students K-12 how the elements of free enterprise and the American economic system function.

SVEE’s business supporters work in partnership with area schools to broaden the knowledge of economics. By funding a teacher consultant to work with local teachers, SVEE provides the driving force for training teachers and assisting with the classroom experience.

In a typical year, SVEE-supported programs reach 800 teachers with information and materials, 100 teachers with training in workshops, and 20 teachers for intensive training in economic education. Using figures supplied by the Virginia Council on Economic Education, this translates into classroom benefits for more than 32,000 students in the Shenandoah Valley.

The SVEE-funded teacher consultant works year-round to help promote economic literacy. Services are provided through the teacher outreach program of the James Madison University Center for Economic Education.

Peter Yates of Harrisonburg currently serves SVEE as Chairman of the Board. SVEE is governed by a board representing local business and community interests.

SVEE-sponsored programs have achieved a high degree of effectiveness and national recognition, consecutively winning the top national awards in research (William C. Wood, 2016) and service (Lynne F. Stover, 2017)
given by the National Association of Economic Educators.

The SVEE-funded Mini-Economy program helps students learn about entrepreneurship by starting their own businesses in a classroom society.
Kids take a break from the GEM Fair.
SVEE-funded professional development opportunities include workshops that help teachers learn the latest simulation games for teaching about the economy.
This SVEE-sponsored project recruited local high school students to help produce state-of-the-art instructional materials for online teaching.