Junior Achievement USA® (JA) has recognized the staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JA of Western PA) for the 2nd consecutive year with one of Junior Achievement USA’s highest honors: The Five Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements.
Junior Achievement of Western PA, which serves nearly 70,000 students throughout the western PA and West Virginia region, will be presented with the award in July at Junior Achievement USA’s National Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
“These Star Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people are reflected in their achieving this honor.”
In mid-February, Junior Achievement of Western PA was also honored with the 2020 Rotary Club of Pittsburgh’s Community Resource Excellence in Ethics Award. The awards are designed to recognize companies and organizations who exhibit outstanding ethical practices. Junior Achievement was one out of three companies to be nominated for this category.
“We were excited to be recognized nationally for the second straight year, and then to be recognized locally by Rotary for our work is amazing,” said Dennis Gilfoyle, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Western PA. “Since 1939, Junior Achievement has served the children of this area with life-changing programs and experiences that help build stronger and more sustainable communities.”