JACT Wins National JA Innovation Award

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(Austin, Texas) —Today, Junior Achievement USA and The Hartford announced that Junior Achievement of Central Texas is the recipient of the JA Innovation Award. The JA Innovation Award was established by The Hartford to reward JA Areas which have effectively implemented the JA Company Program® in an innovative way that has significantly increased the number of students reached and that can be replicated by other JA Areas.  JA of Central Texas was one of two JA Areas from a field of 20 to receive a $25,000 award presented by The Hartford during Junior Achievement’s Global Leadership Conference in Atlanta on July 20, 2017.  

“Innovation is a key part of the JA Company of the Year program, which provides young people with business and financial skills that empower them to be successful,” said Diane Cantello, vice president of Corporate Sustainability for The Hartford. “At The Hartford, we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of individuals by building safe, strong and successful communities through our philanthropic investments.”

The JA Company Program unlocks the innate ability in high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching a business venture and unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit. The program focuses on helping students build and manage their business with the support of volunteers from the business community. Meeting-specific, student-friendly materials and resources increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.