(Bridgeport, CT)Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County recently received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Funds will assist JAGFC in bringing a brand- new financial literacy and economic empowerment program to Fairfield County youth titled JA Virtual Finance Park.

JA Virtual Finance Park is a financial literacy initiative designed to help middle and high school students better understand how to manage money and make intelligent financial decisions.. Students will participate in lessons centered on money management, budgeting, income and taxes, and financial and educational decisions, which include hands-on activities where students use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. The capstone is an interactive simulation during which students are assigned a scenario and they must navigate financial and budget decisions.

“We are so grateful to have the support of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation in launching this important program,” said Bernadine Venditto, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. “Thanks to FCCF and their partnership with JA, , we can continue to prepare our students in the greater Fairfield County area for a bright economic future. Young people need financial knowledge to be successful adults, and JA Virtual Finance Park will provide the lessons to build these essential skills.”

About Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Locally, Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County provides inspiring economic empowerment programs to students across Greater Fairfield County in partnership with volunteers, educators, and corporate supporters.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations, and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $230 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges.

Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. To learn more, please visit fccfoundation.org.