Junior Achievement Announces Big Grant

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Lilly Endowment Inc. is providing a $300,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. The funding will help with pre-K through 12th grade programs and the JA BizTown initiative for fifth graders. April 9, 2014

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Indianapolis, IN – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announced today that it has been awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. in the amount of $300,000. The grant will support the expansion of JA’s Pre-K through 12th grade classroom-based programs, as well as its well-known and respected JA BizTown program for 5th graders.

“Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is making a real difference in the lives and futures of our youth. JA's commitment to educating young people in the critical areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills is helping to prepare the next generation to be successful, both personally and professionally,” said N. Clay Robbins, Lilly Endowment's president and CEO.

“The Lilly Endowment’s affirmation of Junior Achievement’s important role in preparing our future workforce drives us to work even harder to expand our programs. We are grateful for the Endowment’s support, which will allow us to reach more students in preschool through high school, including many underserved students in IPS and charter schools,” said Jennifer Burk, Junior Achievement’s president and CEO.

About Junior Achievement USA®

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from preschool through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.Source: Junior Achievement of Central Indiana