Junior Achievement of Rhode Island earns Peak Performance Team Award

STUDENTS AND STAFF visit exhibits of businesses at the Junior Achievement of Rhode Island's JA Inspire Career Fair at the R.I. Convention Center in December 2018. / COURTESY JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF RHODE ISLAND
STUDENTS AND STAFF visit exhibits of businesses at the Junior Achievement of Rhode Island's JA Inspire Career Fair at the R.I. Convention Center in December 2018. / COURTESY JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF RHODE ISLAND

WARWICK – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island was recognized Wednesday by parent organization Junior Achievement USA with the 2017-18 Peak Performance Team Award, honoring the Rhode Island branch for its “outstanding” performance during the recent fiscal year.

Junior Achievement provides students from kindergarten through high school with knowledge and skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship through hands-on experiences and programs delivered by corporate and community volunteers.

According to a news release, Peak Performance Team Award recipients achieved the “highest combined levels” of student growth, and increased market share and total revenue growth. Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, the release states, reached 10,337 students during the 2017-18 academic year, representing overall student growth of 32 percent.

The local nonprofit also implemented a new work-readiness program, JA Inspire, which, according to the program’s website, is a coalition involving educators and industry leaders. Eighth-grade students in the program will have classroom time and take part in a career fair in which students can visit interactive career stations and engage with mentors on career exploration.

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More than 4,500 eighth-grade students participated in the JA Inspire program this year, the release states, with the goal of reaching “every” eighth-grade student in Rhode Island by 2021.

“The board of directors and staff of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island are proud to receive this recognition for working for a cause we feel passionate about – giving students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship,” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, in a prepared statement.

James Bessette is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Research@PBN.com.