COLUMBUS, Ga — Honesty is a value that many people rank at the top of their list of important character qualities. That’s why the Better Business Bureau took time out to stress the importance of integrity to Shaw High School students during an ethics lesson in Columbus Monday.
“We believe that you don’t all of a sudden become honest when you clock in,” says Jason Blankenship, Director of Business Services for the Better Business Bureau.
Blankenship believes strongly in the message he delivers to the Shaw High School students. In his post with the Better Business Bureau, he travels the state of Georgia teaching ethics, business, and personal finance realities to young people – but he also wants them to make integrity one of their personal goals.
“I challenge them all the time to, if you want to be different than everybody else, then tell the truth,” says Blankenship.
Blankenship’s visit is part of Shaw’s Business and Computer Science Department’s FBLA’s (Future Business Leaders of America) observance of American Enterprise Day.
“They’re life lessons, and he relates well to them. He has that rapport with them. He gets them excited. He gets them involved. They’re engaged,” says Dr. Michelle Nichols, a Shaw High Business and Computer Science teacher and FBLA Advisor.
“Anything we can do to educate them early on really enhances our mission at the Better Business Bureau,” says Kelvin Collins, the interim CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Columbus.
By doing so, these teens will become more savvy future business leaders and consumers.
American Enterprise Day is officially observed on November 15 nationally.
This is the fourth year Dr. Nichols has asked Blankenship to travel from his office in Macon to speak to her high school students in Columbus.
Listen to Jason Blankenship offer an example of a common ID theft scam he stumbled upon on his way to speak to Shaw students on Monday when he stopped at a Columbus gas station.