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By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation that will support the organization’s mission of providing programs on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through its high school education programs.
“Engaging with partners like Walmart, who can help deliver JA experiences to our young people, is critical,” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, in a statement. “This grant will help JA to continue to provide youth in Rhode Island with the skills they need to survive, thrive, and contribute to our state and regional economy.”
JA’s high school programs focus on helping students make informed, intelligent decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future including economic and business curricula, an after-school student-led enterprise, and a one-day workplace capstone experience.
JA reports that it reaches 7 percent of the Rhode Island student population per year in more than 26 communities across the state.