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Junior Achievement of Idaho reports record-breaking year

Julie O'Meara

Julie O’Meara (center), president and CEO of JA of Idaho. Photo courtesy of JA of Idaho.

Over the summer, Junior Achievement of Idaho, a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers,reached 16,927 students in 707 classrooms through 103,942 contact hours.

That’s a record for the organization, which is dedicated to helping young people understand the economics of life and compete in the entrepreneurial economy.

The nonprofit also received three national awards. Julie O’Meara, president and CEO of JA of Idaho, was named the 2015 recipient of the Junior Achievement Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award. She was presented with the award at the Junior Achievement USA National Leadership Conference in St. Louis in July. The award is given to first-time JA presidents who have demonstrated outstanding contributions and achievements.

The organization also received a MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award and grant of $25,000 for outstanding innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. And JA of Idaho received JA USA’s highest honor, the 5 Star Award for demonstrating growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance.



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