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SOCIAL RETURN Research has shown that for every dollar invested in the Junior Achievement Clubs of Southern Alberta, there is a $45 economic return


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The Junior Achievement (JA) Clubs of Southern Alberta recently received a beefy $10,000 donation from Cargill Meat Solutions at High River.

“Junior Achievement is excited to be partnering with a strong community leader like Cargill. Cargill shares our vision and goal for engaging youth in the building of communities and economies of rural Alberta,” said Scott Hillier, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta.

JA clubs began in 1919 and spread throughout the world, and have a strong presence across Canada. The southern Alberta club is a registered charity funded entirely by donations and run by volunteers. The JA focus is arming youth with the life skills required to succeed in a global economy. A series of programs targeted at different age groups are delivered through three main programming pillars of personal growth – financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

The programming begins at the Grade 4 level, and there is no charge for program participation. There are over 20,000 students in Grades 4 through 12 participating in JA in more than 800 classrooms and in 105 communities in southern Alberta.

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to support an admirable group like Junior Achievement,” said Scott Entz, general manager of Cargill Meat Solutions. “The work it has been doing for youth in our communities is something that Cargill holds in high regard. Our employees are passionate about giving back to the communities in which they live and work, and to know that by supporting JA they are contributing to strengthening our youths’ future is incredible.”

Independent research has demonstrated that for every dollar invested into JA, there is a $45 return to the economy. The same report revealed that participants are four times more likely to complete high school, 25 per cent less likely to be unemployed, and 50 per cent more likely to start their own business.

For more information on the programming JA offers, visit southern-alberta.jacan.org.

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