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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHWEST NEW ENGLAND RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR FOR TOP PERFORMANCE

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest honors: The Five Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements.

“These Star Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor.”

As an organization, Junior Achievement understands that its effectiveness depends on how well JA Areas deliver the organization’s financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs in local communities.

“We are thrilled to receive the Five Star Award for the 2nd consecutive year” said Jeremy Race, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “We thank our more than 3200 classroom volunteers and corporate partners who joined with our board of directors and staff to empower thousands of young people to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”

About Junior Achievement (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Locally in Connecticut, JA of Southwest New England serves more than 44,000 students annually. To find out how you can help change the lives of young people in Connecticut, please contact Jeremy Race, President & CEO, at jrace@jaconn.org or 860-525-4510.