Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County receives three-year Responsive Grant from the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
(Bridgeport, CT) – Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County has been chosen as one of seven organizations awarded with a multi-year responsive grant from the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. JAGFC will receive a total of $100,000 in funding over the next three years, which will assist with JA’s mission to build financial literacy and work readiness skills for K-12 students.
This grant was made possible through the funding support of the Valley Community Foundation, including Unrestricted (VCF) and VCF Preference Fund via Affiliation Agreement.
“Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County is grateful for the generous investment and continued close partnership of the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven,” said Bernadine Venditto, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. “With this support, we are able to provide vital programs to help Valley students build a brighter future for themselves and their community.”
During the next three years, JA of Greater Fairfield County plans to use funds from this grant to continue rolling out new and innovative programs, focusing on work and career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship for students in the Valley, especially Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, and Seymour. These programs include the launch of JA Virtual Finance Park, which helps students build a foundation of life-long skills which promote intelligent financial decisions, including those on income, expenses, savings, and credit. Other programs include JA Career Speaker Series, JA Job Shadows, and the growth of JA Steps to Success program throughout third grade classrooms in the Valley.
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 the Valley Community Foundation
The mission of the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) is to make the Valley a better place to live and work, both now and in the future, by connecting private philanthropy to the long-term public good of the Valley. They are committed to providing leadership on critical community issues; encouraging and engaging people to play a role in improving the Valley’s quality of life; increasing philanthropy, which lifts the entire region; attracting and making grants from permanent endowed funds; connecting donors with vital non-profit organizations; and managing and growing the endowments of non-profit organizations. The Valley Community Foundation partners with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF) to carry out its mission in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.