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Over the weekend more than 5,000 VoluntEARS from Walt Disney teamed up to raise funds to support the mission of Junior Achievement in Central Florida.
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that goes into schools to provide age-appropriate economic education for children in grades K-12. Preparing young people for economically sound futures, Junior Achievement helps students understand financial responsibility by teaching lessons in how to earn, save, maintain a budget, manage credit and control their personal finances.
“With the support of Walt Disney World and their Cast Members, Junior Achievement is better able to achieve their goal of empowering children from kindergarten through high school to own their economic success and plan for their futures through smart academic and economic choices,” said Craig Polejes, president, Junior Achievement of Central Florida.
Qualifying donations raised this weekend by Disney VoluntEARS can be matched by The Walt Disney Company Foundation and will fund Junior Achievement programming, educator kits and classroom supplies. The Disney Bowl-A-Thon is the culmination of yearlong involvement Disney Cast Members extend to Junior Achievement by donating their time and talent to teaching Junior Achievement curriculum in Orange and Osceola County schools.
“For 19 years, Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members have generously supported Junior Achievement of Central Florida,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “All of the donations are a result of their compassion and readiness to give back to the community.”
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Junior Achievement USATMis offering high school students the opportunity to win a three-day adventure for four people to Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla. To enter the “Destined to Travel with JA” contest, students review Junior Achievement’s interactive Destination Build lesson, a free online teaching tool that allows students to explore the tourism industry, complete a quick quiz, and submit their answers. The randomly selected winner will receive two nights at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, 12 complimentary one-day Park Hopper® passes, and $2,000 for airfare and travel expenses. The contest is sponsored by the Destination and Travel Foundation.
“This contest is a tremendous opportunity for students,” says Jack E. Kosakowski, Junior Achievement USA president and chief executive officer. “Through this contest, high school students-future job seekers and entrepreneurs-will have the opportunity to explore the careers available in the tourism industry.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of November 2010, there were 13.1 million people employed in the leisure and hospitality sector.
The nationwide contest is based on student learning drawn from Destination Build, an online learning lesson that is housed in the Hospitality and Tourism student sector of the JA Student Center, available from the Junior Achievement website, www.ja.org. Through it, students explore the decisions made by city planners to increase local tourism in a community and hear from residents and tourists about how consumer decisions influence the local economy. The scenario is different each time a student plays the online lesson.
The contest, sponsored by the Destination & Travel Foundation, is open to high school students. The deadline for contest submissions is November 1, 2011. Click here for more information.
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Junior Achievement of Central Florida chose Jack Blitch, vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering-Florida, from 171,000 U.S. volunteers as winner of the organization’s highest award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.
“The local business community has been extremely supportive of JA’s goal of inspiring local students to succeed in the new global economy,” said Craig Polejes, president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. “Jack Blitch is a remarkable example of that spirit of generosity. In a very real way, he helps Central Florida JA students develop financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness skills, contribute to the community and participate in the revitalization of the economy.”
The Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence and recognizes participation and leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s impact on students, resources and/or operational excellence and sustainability.
“I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of all the Junior Achievement volunteers worldwide,” Blitch said. “They share my passion for bringing free enterprise into the classrooms and helping our children become future leaders.”
Blitch received his award during the recent Junior Achievement USA “Day on the Hill” event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event gives local JA leaders the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and staff to discuss the organization’s leadership in empowering young people to own their economic success in the global marketplace.
In 2000, Blitch served on the JA of Osceola board, and he has been a member of the JA of Central Florida board since 2003. Last year, he gave a presentation on innovation at the JA-USA National Leadership Conference in Boston.
Blitch has been an integral part in helping found the JA Academy, a new magnet leadership program slated to debut at Oak Ridge High School in Orange County in the fall of 2012. He has also raised money and recruited new companies to participate in Bowl-A-Thon, JA’s largest fundraiser.
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