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Basin Youth to Benefit from Junior Achievement’s Expansion into the Region

August 7, 2014

Vancouver, B.C. – This fall, youth in the Columbia Basin will be able to learn about entrepreneurship and the viability of self-employment as a career option when Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) expands into the region. The expansion is possible through a partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust), which is contributing $300,000 over three years to support business education for local youth.

Junior Achievement programs are delivered free of charge to students in grades 5 to 12 at the invitation of host teachers, and are facilitated by local business people who bring their experience and expertise into the classroom. JA content focuses on three pillars– work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy– and aligns with the provincial curriculum. Programs such as Business Basics, Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success, and Company Program, provide students with rich, interactive learning experiences through a mix of individual, team and class activities, as well as digital content. Details on these and other JA programs can be found at jabc.org/programs.

The Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to Basin residents, andyouth entrepreneurship fits within both its youth and economic strategic plans.

“Businesses of all types help keep our Basin communities vibrant and strong, so instilling a sense of entrepreneurship at a young age is important,” said Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO. “This partnership will help expand career options for our youth.”

Jan Bell-Irving, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of British Columbia, remarked, “This is a unique partnership which will help us undertake significant expansion into a region that has been previously underserved relative to other parts of the province. We are excited to be working with Columbia Basin Trust to bring business programming for youth to the Basin and serve more B.C. students.”

Junior Achievement programming reaches over 32,500 students annually across the province. To date, JA has been able to offer only a limited number of programs in the Basin, supported by staff at a distance. This unique partnership with the Trust will provide a dedicated JABC coordinator in the region in order to facilitate program delivery with the goal of reaching at least 10% of the Basin student population in grades 5 to 12 by 2017.

Program delivery in the Basin will begin in the fall of 2014.

About Junior Achievement of British Columbia

Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire and prepare our youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. This year, over 30,000 students in BC will benefit from JA programs delivered by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JA programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit jabc.org for more information.

About Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

Working closely with people who live in the Basin, the Trust develops and delivers programs and initiatives that respond to their needs and supports communities. By focusing on local priorities and issues, bringing people together around key issues, providing information, encouraging collaboration and supporting planning, the Trust is delivering benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. Visit cbt.org for more information.

For more information please contact:

Rosine Hage-Moussa
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
604.688.3887 ext. 231
rosine.hage-moussa@jabc.org

Amy Pol
Communications Coordinator
Columbia Basin Trust
1.800.505.8998
apol@cbt.org

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