LONDON (On) – Junior Achievement (JA) of London and District thanked the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a three-year Grow Grant in the amount of $164,900, at an event at Northridge Public School today.
London North-Centre MPP Terence Kernaghan, OTF Grant Review Team volunteer Chris Harding and Gr. 8 teacher Carolyn Wiens, students and volunteers, were on hand to hear how the grant is impacting on participants in JA financial literacy programs, two of which are currently being delivered at no charge to students at Northridge: Dollars with Sense (Gr. 7), being delivered by PwC volunteers; and Economics for Success (Gr. 8), being delivered by TD and Scotiabank volunteers.
“I am thrilled that Junior Achievement London and District has been recognized by the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their excellent work preparing students for the future,” said Terence Kernaghan, MPP. “Programs like Dollars with Sense and Economics for Success help build student confidence, promote financial literacy, and prepare our students to participate in the global economy. I commend Junior Achievement and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and all the teachers and volunteers for undertaking this vital work.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2017 granted JA $164,900 over three years to help JA grow its financial literacy programs. Last year, JA delivered 351 financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work- readiness programs, reaching almost 9,000 students. A total of 7,059 elementary students developed financial literacy skills through the Dollars with Sense and Economics for Success programs.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Bev Robinson, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of London and District. “This grant is helping us reach more and more students with vital programs. In 2019, the centennial year for JA worldwide, we are hoping to reach at least 10,000 students and the Ontario Trillium Foundation plays an important role in helping us reach that goal.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
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