Junior Achievement of Southwest New England has received a grant from the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation to support financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs in schools throughout Northwest Connecticut.
It is the sixth consecutive year that JA has earned the grant, which is provided through the Foundation’s Draper Fund. The grant will support the continuation of volunteer-delivered programs in classrooms that will reach more than 500 students across the region, including Colebrook Consolidated School, Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Gilbert School in Winsted, Litchfield High School, and multiple schools in Torrington, from kindergarten through high school.
“We are tremendously grateful for the continued support of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Draper Fund,” said Jeremy Race, CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “This grant will enable us to continue working in classrooms throughout Northwest Connecticut, helping to prepare today’s students for a bright future. Through JA, students learn the value of contributing to their communities, and how to put the lessons of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness into action throughout their lives.”
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. An array of Junior Achievement programs – specifically designed for students from kindergarten through 12th grade – are delivered by local business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students, using JA curriculum and experiential programs.
The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is to enrich the quality of life for residents of their 20 town service area in Connecticut's Northwest Corner through the generosity of fundholders. Each year since 1969, charitable people throughout Northwest CT have established permanent funds to support the causes and nonprofits they love. The yield from the principal flow back to the community in the form of grants that help nonprofits meet community needs.