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Junior Achievement Reaches More Than Nine Million Students Worldwide
For Immediate Release
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SURPASSES NINE MILLION STUDENTS REACHED WORLDWIDE, THE MOST EVER IN ONE YEAR
Organization experiences twelve percent growth.
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Junior Achievement, the world's largest nonprofit dedicated to teaching young people work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, today announced it reached 9,326,748 students globally during the 2007-08 school year - the most in its 89-year history.
Sean Rush, JA Worldwide's president and chief executive officer, noted, "The current turbulent global economic climate demonstrates that young people need Junior Achievement's programs more than ever. Our programs provide young people with sound, practical financial skills which can help them avoid the financial pitfalls into which so many of today's adults - and businesses - have recently fallen."
Junior Achievement was founded in the United States in 1919 as an after-school club for high school students in which, under the guidance of a volunteer from the local business community, they started a company, marketed and sold a product, sold stock and attempted to turn a profit for their shareholders. Since then, the organization has expanded its scope internationally and has also expanded its program offering to reach elementary and middle grades students.
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