Junior Achievement Wins International Award for Excellence & Innovation


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Emily Neill, President

Junior Achievement of Northern New England




MetLife Foundation awards grants to support scalable JA programs that help young people succeed in the global economy.

Waltham, MA: July 28, 2014 – Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern New England has won a 2014 MetLife Foundation “Entrepreneurial Award” representing a grant of $25,000 (USD), for outstanding innovation and entrepreneurial approaches to program development that enable youth to own their economic future.

The grant will be used to scale the JA Skills to Achieve  program, which  brings 15-25 high school students to a company location for a stimulating and impactful one-day experience.  Company employee-volunteers (8-12 total) team-teach one of four, 45-minute JA lessons on financial literacy and workforce readiness, and receive advanced training from JA staff members on how to do so.

Eight JA operations worldwide, including Junior Achievement of Northern New England, won a 2014 Entrepreneurial Award, each for their innovative and scalable programs and processes that have been implemented with promising results and potential for replication and adaptation.

JA and MetLife Foundation have partnered for 14 years to cultivate the spirit of innovation across the global JA network of 123 countries and expand selected programs to generate greater impact on the young people they serve through annual awards.

Dennis White, CEO and president of MetLife Foundation said “Innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit are critical to achieving scale and increasing impact.  With their diverse programs, all of the award-winning JA operations exemplify these traits and demonstrate their value in making a difference in the lives of millions of young people looking to build a secure future. Congratulations to Junior Achievement of Northern New England and all the 2014 award winners for their dedication and excellence.”

Emily Neill, President of Junior Achievement of Northern New England, said, “Our staff is truly grateful to the MetLife Foundation for its recognition of our locally-developed JA Skills to Achieve

program. With these grant dollars, we will be able to impact even more deserving youth in our region with much-needed financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship education.”

MetLife Foundation has been a JA Worldwide partner to support youth economic development since 1978 and at the local level supports JA through volunteer engagement and board leadership.

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About Junior Achievement of Northern New England:

For the 2013-2014 school year, Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE) implemented 1,768 programs throughout 266 schools and after-school sites, reaching more than 41,000 youth through the efforts of over 2,200 trained volunteers.   Serving students in nine Massachusetts counties and the entire state of New Hampshire, JANNE focuses on impacting “at risk” youth, and reaching optimal students within its territory.  All programs are provided at no cost to schools and organizations with whom we partner.  JANNE is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity, and is supported by corporations, individuals, foundations and special events.  For more information, visit www.janewengland.org.

About Junior Achievement Worldwide:

JA Worldwide is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their economic success.  Through cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, JA Worldwide effectively broadens the canvass of possibility for young people and enriches their ability to contribute to the strength of their families, communities, and economies. The 123-country JA Worldwide network is powered by more than 400,000 volunteers and mentors from all sectors of society, reaching over 10 million young people around the world each year.  For more information, visit www.jaworldwide.org .

About MetLife Foundation:

MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2013, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $600 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.



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