Walmart Foundation Awards $50,000 To Junior Achievement Of Arkansas

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Arkansas (JA) to provide programming in economically challenged sections of Central, North Central and Southwest Arkansas. The “Grade School to Graduation” project will serve 10,000 students in Cleburne, Faulkner, Jefferson, Little River, Lonoke, Pulaski, Van Buren and White counties. The goal will be to increase students’ understanding of economics, business principles and the benefits of staying in school. In much of the country, high school graduation rates are improving; however, in Arkansas, graduation rates are slipping in lower socioeconomic areas. “Too many Arkansas students are dropping out before they earn a diploma,” said Chad Kauffman, president of Junior Achievement of Arkansas. “If those students had graduated, it would mean millions of dollars in new revenues for the state.” By focusing on education, economic and youth development, JA programs contribute to the vitality of communities and the availability of a well-educated workforce. Studies have shown, students need relevant education and an interactive curriculum that engages and excites them. Junior Achievement provides a definitive link between education and future opportunity. About Junior Achievement of Arkansas Junior Achievement is the state’s only 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 kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches over 12,000 students per year across Arkansas. For more information, visit www.jaark.org or follow the organization on Facebook at JuniorAchievementArkansas and on Twitter at JAArkansas About The Walmart Foundation The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the underserved by directing charitable giving our core areas of focus: Hunger Relief & Nutrition, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Workforce Development. Walmart Foundation funding helps people gain access to an education that will help them achieve more than they may have thought possible. Through programs such as mentoring at-risk young people to prepare them for college or careers and improving the literacy of low-income, middle school youth, the foundation is committed to helping people realize their potential.

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