Junior Achievement of Dallas receives national honor

Garland ISD’s JA BizTown opened its doors in late 2017 at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center.

Junior Achievement of Dallas has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest honors: the Five Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements.

“These Star Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor.”

As an organization, Junior Achievement understands that its effectiveness depends on how well JA Areas deliver the organization’s financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs in local communities.

“We are thrilled to receive the Five Star Award,” said Jan Murfield, president of Junior Achievement of Dallas. “We thank our more than 4,576 classroom volunteers and corporate partners who joined with our board of directors and staff to empower 50,783 students in the Dallas area to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”

Garland ISD partnered with Junior Achievement of Dallas to bring the popular JA BizTown program to the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center which opened its doors in late 2017. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town where sixth graders will learn how to be responsible consumers, workers, and citizens.

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