HOUSTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®'s (JA) highest honors, the Platinum Summit Award. The award is given to local JA offices that have reached outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness, and program growth. The Platinum refers to the number of consecutive years that a JA operation has received the Summit Award.
JA of Southeast Texas, which serves more than 245,000 students throughout the greater Houston region, was recognized for this accomplishment recently at the Junior Achievement National Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"These Summit Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "They set the standard by which Junior Achievement's success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor."
"We are thrilled to receive the Platinum Summit Award," said Rick Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. "We thank our more than 12,000 classroom volunteers and hundreds of corporate partners who joined with our board and staff to empower thousands of young people to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices."
About Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is the greater Houston area's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network of 12,000 adult role models, JA of Southeast Texas provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12 which focus on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Today, JA of Southeast Texas reaches 245,000 students in nearly 900 schools. For more information, visit www.jahouston.org.
Kevin R. Hattery
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
713.682.4500, ext 231
SOURCE Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas