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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida receives $50,000 grant from Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has received a $50,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help further its programs throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

“This grant will enable us to extend Junior Achievement programs to 2,500 more students in Southwest Florida, helping our goal of reaching 12,500 students during the 2018-2019 school year, said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “Our volunteer-led programs and insightful job shadowing experiences provide students real-life, hands-on learning opportunities that build a solid foundation for future success in a global economy. We are so thankful to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for entrusting us with these funds that will further JA’s impact on our region’s next generation of business leaders.”

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partners with classroom business volunteers to deliver lessons on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to students at both public and private schools, as well as after school programs and special at-risk groups. During the 2017-2018 school year, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida facilitated nearly 63,800 hours of instruction to more than 11,600 students throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

“We’re proud to support the work that Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida does with local schools in our community,” said Mary Beth Geier, Florida Director of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and its programs, visit www.JASWFL.org or call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590.

About Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, and health and medicine.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’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. Junior Achievement 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, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 200 classroom business volunteers during the 2017-2018 school year to provide nearly 63,800 hours of instruction to more than 11,600 students in 519 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

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