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Friday, November 27, 2015

Member Spotlight


Junior Achievement: Empowering Young People to Own Their Economic Success

Junior Achievement of New York

Many of today's young people face a host of barriers to success: under-resourced schools, limited financial literacy, a lack of a college-going culture at home and/or in the community, and a shortage of role models in higher education and the business world.  On Long Island, the challenges are especially profound.  A shortage of career education and soft-skills training opportunities significantly lowers the prospects of Long Island's kids. These realities limit the development of ideas and movement of capital that fuels the creation of new businesses, which in turn affects the economy and the overall quality of life on Long Island.

Junior Achievement of New York's Long Island office is here to change all that.  Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.  Our experiential educational programs focus on three key content areas—college and career-readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Our Long Island office, based in Roslyn Heights, delivers programs to more than 18,000 students through 80 school and after-school partnerships across Nassau and Suffolk County. 

How do we do it? Through a powerful and dedicated network of more than 1,500 business and community volunteers, all of whom who play an integral role in the delivery of JA programs.  

If you ever thought about giving back to the community by shaping the lives of tomorrow's business leaders, or providing your company with unmatched team-and morale-building volunteer opportunities, JA is for you.  We'd love for your business or group to join us as a partner in delivering JA programming to Long Island's kids! For more information, please call Kristen Clark at 516-625-9089, ext. 201, or email her at kclark@jany.org.