Partnership offers JA Be Entrepreneurial program locally to help shape the future of youth in a global economy’

Junior Achievement® (JA) and Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts in partnership with UPS Foundation recently completed a financial literacy and entrepreneurship program to benefit local high school students.  For 2015, UPS Foundation provided a $7,200 implementation grant to JA of Western Massachusetts to provide between five and eight classes of the curriculum.

JA Be Entrepreneurial focuses on challenging students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in school.

“The teachers and students thoroughly enjoy JA Be Entrepreneurial,” said Jennifer Connolly, President.  “because of the UPS Foundation’s commitment to JA and entrepreneurship nearly 200 local high school students will have the tools to start planning their own business!”

JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide and helps to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur and providing them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce.  Locally, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts reaches nearly 10,000 students.


About Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts 
Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts is dedicated to providing economic education and financial literacy programs to the youth of Western Massachusetts and Vermont.
JA of Western Massachusetts impacts thousands of young people each year‐ opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for life after graduation.  Our age‐appropriate, academically challenging programs are offered to local schools and community groups free of charge thanks to the generous financial support we receive from hundreds of local businesses, individuals, and foundations.

About UPS:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at United Parcel Service of America and its United Parcel Service of America corporate blog.

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