JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF TAMPA BAY RECEIVES GRANT FROM STATE FARM
Funding Supports Junior Achievement Work Readiness & Financial Literacy programs for At-Risk Children
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay announced that it has received grants totaling $17,000 to fund JA work readiness and financial literacy programming. The grants, from State Farm Insurance, are part of a larger statewide initiative totaling $60,000 that will support Junior Achievement programs in eleven localities throughout Florida, enabling over 5,000 young people to participate in JA's nationally recognized economic education programs.
"JA programs benefit all students," shares Jose Soto, State Farm Community Public Affairs Specialist, "however, Junior Achievement targets schools with a high percentage of low to moderate income students because they are more likely to derive greater benefit from the programs."
Richard George, President of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay explains, "Many students lack the basic information they need to make good education, career and financial decisions. They need to know about employment opportunities, and the skills they need to open some of the career doors that are available to them."
Locally, the $5,000 allocation of State Farm funds to Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay/Hillsborough County partially funds 724 low to moderate income students to attend JA More Than Money, a program for elementary students that teaches about earning, spending, sharing and saving money.
The check presentation occurred at JA BizTown on May 11th
with Jose Soto from State Farm.