Junior Achievement Gala

The Junior Achievement Awards Gala was held on October 25th at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The evening was highlighted by a hosted cocktail reception, followed by dinner, live auction and award ceremony. 

Established in 1950, Junior Achievement teaches kids how to get a job, start a business, and how to manage money. With a staff of 40 members, the program reaches 65,000 students from their start in kindergarten through 12th grades.With some 6,400 volunteers, the program is focused on empowering young people to own their economic successes. 

The platform is based on Three Pillars of Success: Financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 1 million youth—in the classroom and after school—to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money. 

With the launch of Mission Fed JA Finance Park, JA’s goal is to serve nearly 65,000 youth from 32 school districts during the 2018/2019 school year.  JA programs reach every ethnic and economic demographic. For many students, the JA experience is a major highlight of their academic year. More than 6,400 volunteers annually, including 48 board members, a staff of 40 and a budget of $5 million help to keep the JA experience relevant for youth. 

To learn more about the program, please visit: http://jasandiego.org

Photography by Gilda Adler