Celebrating six years of partnership with a dedicated investment in young people
Today marks an exciting new chapter for the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Junior Achievement (JA). After six years of supporting JA's initiatives, Chick-fil-A kicked off a new national partnership, committing to donate $300,000 to JA every year for the next four years, for a total investment of $1.2 million.
JA provides K-12 students with programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. Chick-fil-A's gift will be used to enhance the JA Be Entrepreneurial program and support the new 3DE initiative, creating innovative learning experiences for students nationwide.
"We're proud to support JA and are honored to now be a national partner," said Rodney Bullard, vice president, corporate social responsibility for Chick-fil-A Inc. and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. "We share a goal with JA of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, and we're excited to see how these programs will continue to positively impact young people across the country."
A History of Support
Chick-fil-A has donated more than $7 million to JA since 2013 and has served as a major supporter of JA programs. On the local level, more than 20 Chick-fil-A Operators across the country partner with JA facilities in their communities to sponsor events and work with students to develop the financial skills and readiness they need.
In its hometown of Atlanta, Chick-fil-A helped open the first of three JA Discovery Centers, which connects local business leaders with more than 30,000 metro-Atlanta middle school students each year to explore topics like financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Accelerating Innovative Education
As a new national partner, Chick-fil-A is excited to work with JA to re-develop and enhance the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum, which will challenge more than 20,000 high school students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures and practice the skills they need to be productive and contribute to society.
JA is also bringing in Chick-fil-A as a founding national partner for its latest venture, 3DE, an innovative, turnkey model for high school education that utilizes case studies to make the learning experience relevant, authentic and experiential. Chick-fil-A will help to scale the program nationally and bring 3DE incubators to high schools across the country.
By partnering with JA, the Chick-fil-A Foundation has the opportunity to positively impact education and help youth achieve their highest potential, in and outside of the classroom.