Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nonprofit Junior Achievement Expands its Reach in the Lehigh Valley

Nonprofit Junior Achievement Expands its Reach in the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley. PA – January 6, 2014: Junior Achievement of Berks County and Lehigh Valley is proud to announce new staff and expanded service in the Lehigh Valley. Marsha Rivas of Whitehall has been named as Development Manager and the organization is now served by a 15-member board of directors. Combined with the expansion of its office in Fogelsville, Junior Achievement is poised to bring financial literacy and work readiness programs to over 3,000 students in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. 

Junior Achievement has been active in the Lehigh Valley for more than 50 years; its office is located alongside Dale Carnegie Training. For more than half a century, Junior Achievement has been a force for positive change in Berks County and Lehigh Valley. Overall, the number of students serviced from kindergarten through twelfth grade has increased by 30% from just one year ago. As a result of the JA Graduation Pathway symposiums and Dale Carnegie-partnered programs, more than 350 Lehigh Valley students will benefit from JA-based mentorship and materials outside of the classroom.

Junior Achievement leadership has expanded as well. Marsha Rivas will manage Junior Achievement events, including the upcoming ‘So You Think You Can Cook?’ event that will feature local corporate and community leaders competing to become the 2014 ‘Junior Achievement Top Chef’ on Thursday, January 30 at The Sands Bethlehem. Rivas joined the staff in November. She will also assist with program efforts, which are directed by Ellen Albright, Program Manager. Leading the staff is Judi Simmons, President and CEO.  Chuck Weinmann, Vice President of National Penn Bank, serves as chairman of the Lehigh Valley area board of directors.

Junior Achievement of Berks County and Lehigh Valley is a dynamic non-profit organization headquartered in Reading, PA, that serves students kindergarten through high school. District offices located in Reading and Allentown make it possible to provide comprehensive programs of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to students in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties through a large network of business and community volunteers.

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