Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Wins International Award for Innovation

Jul 25, 2013, 11:43 ET from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

MetLife Foundation provides grants to support scalable, innovative programs around the globe.

HOUSTON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement (JA) of Southeast Texas has won one of five 2013 MetLife Foundation "Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship" Awards, representing a grant of $10,000. The grant was awarded for a new program concept, Teacher Day at JA Finance Park, which gives educators the opportunity to walk in their students shoes for a day. The award was announced at a recent JA conference.

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Junior Achievement and MetLife Foundation have partnered for 13 years to recognize exemplary entrepreneurial innovations developed by JA operations around the world.

"MetLife Foundation recognizes the important role that Junior Achievement plays worldwide in inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to join JA in honoring JA of Southeast Texas whose exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship will help to reach more young people with effective, high-quality programming."

Rick Franke, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas President, said, "Thank you to MetLife Foundation for their support of Teacher Day at JA Finance Park. This is an interesting new experience and we look forward to increasing its impact."

MetLife has been a JA partner since 1972 and also supports JA at the local level through volunteer engagement and board leadership. Building on its 93-year legacy, Junior Achievement continues to deliver innovation to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to carry on MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement.  Through programs focused on financial empowerment and inclusion, MetLife Foundation works to build a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide.  Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $270 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.  For more information, visit www.metlife.org.

About JA 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 257,000 students in more than 900 schools.  For more information, visit www.jahouston.org.

Charley Tauer
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
713-682-4500 x234

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