Winnipeg, Manitoba- Cargill Limited today announced a new partnership in support of the local Junior Achievement (JA) clubs of Southern Alberta -- a registered charity funded entirely by donations and run by volunteers who are dedicated to investing in youth.
By means of a $10,000 donation made by Cargill Meat Solutions in High River, JA will be better equipped to further develop one of the most progressive club regions in Canada.
“Junior Achievement is excited to be partnering with a strong community leader like Cargill. Cargill shares our vision and goal for engaging youth in the building of communities and economies of rural Alberta,” said Scott Hillier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta.
JA’s focus is to help youth succeed in a global economy by facilitating a series of programs to impact three pillars of their personal growth: Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship. The programs, which are available at no charge for youth in grades 4-12, are delivered in over 800 classrooms -- reaching over 20,000 students. JA is delivered to students in over 105 southern Alberta communities.
“We are so proud to have the opportunity to support an admirable group like Junior Achievement,” said Scott Entz, General Manager, Cargill Meat Solutions. “The work they have been doing for youth in our communities is something that Cargill holds in high regard. Our employees are passionate about giving back to the communities in which they live and work, and to know that by supporting JA they are contributing to strengthening our youths’ future is incredible,” added Entz.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 139,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit Cargill.com and its news center.
About Cargill in Canada
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cargill Limited employs over 8,000 people across Canada and has business interests in meat, egg and oilseed processing, animal feed, salt, chocolate, natural gas, crop inputs, as well as grain handling, merchandising and milling. For more information, visit www.cargill.ca.
Junior Achievement- A Proven Product
The impact JA programs have on participants and the economy was measured by the Boston Consulting Group in 2011. Highlights of this report showed that JA participants are:
· 4 times more likely to complete high school
· 14% more likely to on to post secondary
· 25% less likely to be unemployed
· 50% more likely to start an entrepreneurial venture
Calculating the cumulative impact of these factors, the report concluded that a $1 investment in JA results in a $45 return to the Canadian economy (full Boston Consulting report available upon request). For more information, visit http://southern-alberta.jacan.org