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RICHMOND, Indiana - October 23, 2023  Junior Achievement in Eastern Indiana is expanding high school programming focused on career exploration and workforce readiness. The Taco Bell Foundation recently announced a $57,000 grant to JA of OKI Partners, $20,000 of which is designated to JA in Eastern Indiana, to assist in these efforts for the 2023-24 school year. 

James Mayer, president of Mayer Management Inc. and owner of the Richmond Taco Bells, presented Melissa Davis, JA’s Eastern IN District Director, with a symbolic check to celebrate the award.  Mayer says “At Taco Bell, we believe in investing in the potential of Wayne County’s youth though education programs and partnerships to help them realize their career goals and educational aspirations.  Junior Achievement is an excellent partner to have in this mission.”

High school programming kicked-off Wednesday, October 11th at Centerville Senior High School when 148 freshman students participated in JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills). Seven JA volunteers presented lessons on creating resumes, completing applications, effective job interviewing, workplace writing, and business communications. Davis says “Getting a chance to explore career options and learn about soft skills is extremely valuable for students at any age. We are thrilled to be able to expand JA opportunities to high school students in our area to prepare them for future careers and leadership.” JA thanks the Taco Bell Foundation for their support in building young entrepreneurs and future leaders!

For nearly 6 decades, Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern Indiana has been serving school districts in Wayne and surrounding counties. JA provides programming to schools, at no cost, in the core content areas of financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. The learning experiences are offered to K-12th grade students and are delivered by trained JA volunteer mentors from businesses in the community. JA is funded through fundraising events, sponsorships, grants, and individual and corporate donations. JA envisions a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. JA of Eastern Indiana serves the counties of Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Union, Ripley, Dearborn, and Ohio impacting approximately 3,800 students each year. 


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