Rhode Island – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, which provides workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its middle and high school education programs in Providence.
“Junior Achievement prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce and equips them with the skills that are vital to their successful participation in the global economy.” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island “Engaging with key partners like Bank of America – who can help deliver JA experiences to our young people – is critical.”
The middle school programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement's elementary school programs and helps teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world. The high school programs include economic and business curricula, an after-school student-led enterprise, and a one-day workplace capstone experience.
“Workforce development is a critical component of our efforts to improve the local economy,” said Bill Hatfield, Bank of America Rhode Island market president. “Junior Achievement of Rhode Island has helped countless young men and women prepare for success, and their work has never been more important given the employment situation recent high school and college graduates find themselves facing.”
About Junior Achievement Rhode Island (JA)
Junior Achievement is the state'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 provide 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 7 percent of the Rhode Island student population per year in more than 26 communities across Rhode Island. Visit http://jarhodeisland.org for more information or connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/juniorachievementri.
Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
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Photo (l-r): Martin Cure, teacher; Chelsea Arceo, student; Kevin Tracy, Bank of America/JA Board of Directors; Stacey Davis, student; Lee Lewis, President, Junior Achievement; Giancarlos Herrera, student; Karen Healey, Sr. Education Manager, Junior Achievement.