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WNY turning green for Junior Achievement Kids

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Tue, Nov 26th 2019 07:00 am

Lights around Western New York going green in honor of Junior Achievement’s 100th anniversary

Junior Achievement is currently celebrating its centennial. Strathmore Paper Founder Horace Moses, AT&T Chairman Theodore Vail and U.S. Sen. Murray Crane started JA in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts. JA’s founding was in response to families moving from farms to the growing industrial cities. The goal was to provide young people with the skills they would need to be successful adults in their new communities.

Locally, in honor of JA’s centennial, the Peace Bridge will be lit green on Nov. 29; the Niagara Falls Illumination Board approved the falls being lit green on Dec. 2; that same day, the Electric Tower in Buffalo will be lit green; and The Buffalo News will be green from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3.

During the course of the past 100 years, JA has evolved from an organization operating primarily in the northeastern U.S. and teaching teens how to start a business into a multinational organization reaching more than 10 million students in 100 countries with programs that promote entrepreneurship, career and work readiness, and financial literacy. In the U.S., JA reaches nearly 5 million students in grades K-12. Locally, Junior Achievement of Western New York has been in existence for 60 years serving the eight counties of WNY and reaching more than 16,000 students.

Junior Achievement of Western New York will continue to celebrate this milestone throughout the 2019-20 fiscal year, culminating May 14, 2020, with the Junior Achievement “Inspiring Tomorrows Centennial Gala.” For more information on that event, contact Laurie Mahoney at [email protected].

Junior Achievement of Western New York is online at www.jawny.org.

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