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Junior Achievement of Georgia won a 2011 MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award and a $25,000 grant for developing and demonstrating an outstanding innovation to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. The JA operation was one of seven to receive this honor at the recent Junior Achievement USA™ National Leadership Conference held in Boston. JA Worldwide® (JA) and MetLife Foundation have partnered for the more than 10 years on the awards program, which honors innovation and entrepreneurship at the local level and provides funding to expand those efforts.
JA Remote Volunteer Initiative is the name of Junior Achievement of Georgia’s winning program. The initiative provides a virtual platform through which volunteers can teach JA programs to students in an online setting and was designed by Engauge Digital, and is sponsored by ING, Cisco, PGi and SAP. By removing the need to commute to a school to volunteer, JA volunteers can easily serve students in any location without a substantial disruption to their work day. The initiative also modernizes JA programs and addresses the learning style of the Millennial Generation by presenting information through a platform students readily embrace.
“We are proud to receive this confirmation of our team’s efforts in innovation and entrepreneurship. Core JA concepts really do translate to the business world, and we will continue to work to empower young people to own their economic success and experience the opportunities of the global marketplace,” said Jack Harris, president Junior Achievement of Georgia.
“JA operations play a vital role in providing young people with the knowledge, skills and role models they need to succeed in a global economy,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to join JA Worldwide in honoring JA of Georgia for exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship, which is helping reach more young people with effective, high-quality programs.”
The MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award is a significant way to recognize — and inspire —innovation across JA through funding current programs promoting entrepreneurship. MetLife Foundation has been a JA partner since 1972 and also supports JA at the local level through volunteer engagement and board leadership. Building on its 92-year legacy, Junior Achievement continues to deliver innovation to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.