Junior Achievement

Greater Delaware Valley

 

Background

Team 3 working on the JA initiative.

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches four million students in the United States.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley serves 15,000 students annually in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties.

“Ed and his company, PBP, embody the values and mission of JA –  our three pillars: Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy. It’s through their example we can help kids K through 12 learn about and appreciate the free enterprise system.”

– Paul Kappel
President
Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley

What We Do

Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and Satell Family Foundation, is a longtime supporter of JA, with a member of our management team serving on its Board.  We sponsor its annual “Battle on Broad Street”.   In addition, we pioneered a year-long JA initiative with our adopted school’s Mentee Program.

Miss Connie asks Cook-Wissahickon mentees if anyone has a bank account.

Our 2012 field trip took us to the Philadelphia headquarters of another JA partner, Bank of America, and to its 22nd floor Board room.  There, BOA executives presented an engaging look at why banking is so vital to success.

Students eagerly shared their newly-acquired knowledge of financial terms, and absorbed a key life skill from BOA’s VP Miss Connie: “Pay yourself first!” These fourth through sixth grade students and their Mentors worked in four teams in an energetic and entertaining competition focused on financial literacy skills.  They worked together on managing money, learning about budgeting, banking and credit cards, making good financial decisions, creating businesses to earn income and more.

Our students really loved the Junior Achievement game.  There’s no doubt it significantly improved their understanding of money, financial responsibility and how businesses work.

– Meredith Seltzer, Cook-Wissahickon Counselor

We also created an additional partnership with TD Bank, also linking JA with this institution.   TD provided actual banks and more for our closing mentee celebration.  These banks will help the students continue to maintain their money knowledge!

Hall of Fame

In November 2011, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley inducted Ed Satell into their inaugural Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame.

The video below was shown to the Event audience as Ed was introduced: