Regional Junior Achievement Wins $600,000 Grant

PHILADELPHIA PA – A $600,000 grant from California novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will help Junior Achievement of Southeastern PA “make even better use of other community investments to positively impact the lives of the young people we serve,” the organization announced Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2022).

The Southeastern PA unit works with students from Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford, Phoenixville, and Methacton high schools, and others, to provide “knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices,” it said. Its gift was part of an overall donation of $38.8 million to Junior Achievement in 26 communities nationwide.

Stephanie Gambone, president and CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania operations, said the grant will pay for building “the capacity to double experiences by 2024,” including “expanded programming in Philadelphia. The timing of the gift aligns with the strategic planning process the organization will undergo” beginning this fall.

Junior Achievement of Southeastern PA was founded in 1951. It serves Greater Philadelphia (including Montgomery and Chester counties), Berks County, and the Lehigh Valley.

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