UPS Foundation Awards $7,200 Grant to JA of the Bluegrass

Contact: Ron Wigglesworth
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

UPS Foundation Awards $7,200 Grant to JA of the Bluegrass To Expand JA Entrepreneurial Program in Central Kentucky
Partnership offers JA Be Entrepreneurial program locally to help shape the future of youth in a global economy

LEXINGTON, KY - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass have announced a partnership with UPS Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program to benefit local high school students. For 2016, UPS Foundation has provided a $7,200 implementation grant to provide a minimum of five classes of the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum.

The program focuses on challenging students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in school and assists students in developing their entrepreneurship knowledge and skills. "This is the seventh year in which the UPS Foundation has invested dollars to expand JA’s Entrepreneurial curriculum to the students of JA of the Bluegrass. The UPS Foundation's commitment to the future workforce is something we wish all corporations could support - this investment will help us all build a better tomorrow," says Lynn Hudgins, President, JA of the Bluegrass.

“In today’s economy, a significant challenge we are facing is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Jim Murray, Package Division Manager for the KY District. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see their own potential and encourage them to be part of the next generation of leaders."

JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide and helps to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur and providing them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass reaches 20,450 students.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA) 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, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit for more information.

About UPS: UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct,