Junior Achievement of Rhode Island Receives $14,880 Grant to Support Middle and High School Education Programs

PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA), which provides programs on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, announced it has received a $14,880 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers.  The grant will support JA’s middle and high school education programs.

JA’s middle school programs build on concepts the students learned in JA’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.

JA’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world. As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, these programs help with the many unanswered questions about what lies ahead.

“Knowledge of the free enterprise system, its benefits to citizens and its relationship to job creation is important for our young people,” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. “With the help of partners like Travelers, we can expand our reach with our life-changing programs.”

“Travelers understands that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce,” said Rita Ortiz, Director of Employee Engagement.  “We are committed to ensuring that all young people are given the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in school and life, and we have been very impressed with the work JA has done to prepare students for success after graduation.”

About Junior Achievement of 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, workforce 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. For more information, visit our website at http://jarhodeisland.org, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juniorachievementri, or follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/JARhodeIsland.

About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for autohome and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2011. The company provides support for charitable organizations in the community through the Travelers Foundation and with corporate funding. The company’s community giving is focused on education, community development and the arts. Travelers employees are consistently active in community initiatives and perform thousands of hours in volunteer time each year. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.

Photo (l-r): Lee Lewis, president, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island; David Smith, vice president, Travelers; Maureen Bolger, associate manager, Travelers; Karen Logozzo, unit manager, Travelers; Karen Healey, senior education manager, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island.


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