JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SUPPORTS YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, Fl (September 4, 2019). As an emergency and residential shelter for children and teens ages 6- 18 that have been abused, abandoned or are homeless, Youth Haven is dependent on support from the community in order to provide our youth with enrichment activities that they might otherwise not be afforded. Over the summer, thanks to a partnership with Junior Achievement, Youth Haven’s teenagers had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Progress Rail, a world-wide manufacturing plant with a location in Southwest Florida. The tour gave our teens an in-depth understanding of the industry and allowed them to explore possible career opportunities.

“We are so thankful for our community partnerships with organizations such as Junior Achievement,” said Jinx Liggett, Executive Director. “With their support, our teens were exposed to new opportunities with the potential for future growth. Our teens deserve to grow up to have successful lives and we’re so appreciative of Junior Achievement for all they do to better the community and our youth!”

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is 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. Through partnerships with public and private schools, after school programs and special at-risk groups, Junior Achievement provides relevant, hands-on learning opportunities on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to students from kindergarten through high school. Currently celebrating its 25th year of serving students throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has marked a record-breaking year, facilitating over 70,200 hours of instruction in the 2018-19 school year and summer, helping prepare more than 12,500 students for future success in the world of business.

“Our volunteer-led programs and insightful job shadowing experiences provide students real-life learning opportunities that build a solid foundation for future success,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “These programs are often our young people’s first exposure to the world of business and play an important role in opening their eyes to the many career opportunities they can pursue, with and without a college degree. We were so grateful to partner with Youth Haven this summer, working together to help these young men and women along their individual paths to greatness.”

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YouthHavenShelter, follow us on Twitter, @YouthHavenCS and Instagram @youthhaven.

About Junior Achievement:

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. Junior Achievement 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 more than 4.8 million students per year in more than 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 270 classroom business volunteers during the 2018-2019 school year to provide nearly 70,200 hours of instruction to nearly 12,500 students in 520 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.