On March 12, 2019, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) will ring The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in celebration of JA's 100th Anniversary. The bell will be rung by Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, who will be accompanied by distinguished JA volunteers and students.
Preceding the bell ringing, JA will honor 44 organizations with the 2017-2018 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards during a ceremony at the NYSE. The organizations receiving the awards provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2017-2018 school year. The event is part of the JA Volunteer Summit, supported by American Express.
In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
"We appreciate our friends at the Intercontinental Exchange and New York Stock Exchange for providing an opportunity for Junior Achievement to mark its centennial in such a memorable way," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA.
Quick Facts about Junior Achievement
The following are interesting facts about Junior Achievement.
Diane Dang, Assistant Principal
"I saw the passion in their learning, & how it changed their lives & thinking of the world around them. I love JA!!!"
Finance Park Student
"Before JA Finance Park this stuff seemed impossible. Now it (financial independence) is in reach."
JA Finance Park Volunteer
"[The benefit of participating was] knowing I’m providing a better understanding of what adult life will be like."
Jay Calhoun, JA Alumni & JA Tulsa Board Member
"JA provided a solid foundation in leadership, economics and entrepreneurship as tools to achieve my goals."
"Junior Achievement taught me that everyone can be successful if you really work hard."