ERIE – Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Pennsylvania hosted its second annual “Celebrating Success in Erie County” award program on Thursday night at the Erie Art Museum.
The event, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing the success of young professionals, honored Erie Success Award recipients Haris Halilovic of LORD Corporation and Jamey Stewart of Mega Media Factory. Also honored were JA Job Shadow seniors Bailey Klein of Cathedral Preparatory School and Ben Hartleb of Collegiate Academy.
Since its founding in 1919, Junior Achievement has become a worldwide organization dedicated to preparing youth to succeed in the world of work. JA of Western PA started in the Pittsburgh area in 1939 by A.W. Robertson, chairman of Westinghouse; Junior Achievement brought its highly regarded comprehensive portfolio of age-appropriate curriculum to Erie County in 2006. With support from the City of Erie School District and GE, JA of Western PA found in Erie County a community eager to embrace an organization ready to educate its children in work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Junior Achievement programs have been arming students from Kindergarten through 12th grade with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore career options, visualize their own success, and make sound financial decisions. Since the district operation was established in Erie County in 2006, more than 24,000 students have received the benefits of Junior Achievement programs.
For more information, visit www.juniorachievement.org.