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Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Laureate Announcement

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2021 JA Laureate Announcement & Lunch on May 12 at the Shreveport Convention Center (Courtesy Photo)

On May 12, 2021 citizens in Shreveport and Bossier City gathered at the Shreveport Convention Center to support Junior Achievement of North Louisiana by attending the annual JA Laureate Announcement and Lunch. These new JA Laureates will be inducted into the 2021 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame on October 21st in recognition of their contributions to North Louisiana, especially to our local community. The 2021 honorees are Merit B. Chastain, Jr., Dr. John F. George, Jr., and Stephen F. Skrivanos.

Junior Achievement is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement’s programs ignite a spark in young people through relevant, hands-on lessons in financial literacy, career-readiness, and entrepreneurship. Often participation in Junior Achievement is a student’s only exposure to how the economy works, the components of becoming an entrepreneur, and healthy finance planning.

“JA volunteers bring real life to the classroom, teaching JA lessons in kindergarten through 12th grades such as, understanding needs verses wants, strategic earning and saving, risk management, using credit cards, and even starting their own business. These topics play a key role in developing a healthy community of well-informed adults, increase high school graduation, and help break the cycle of generational poverty and incarceration for many at-risk youths,” said Nita Cook, President of JA NLA.

JA students also develop communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills and are more confident that they will succeed in school and in business. JA students are exposed to the inner workings of a community and their responsibility for its success. As a result of Junior Achievement’s proven programs, students experience the realities of work and life in the 21st century and are prepared to meet challenges and succeed in a global economy. Please join us in congratulating Merit B. Chastain, Jr., Dr. John F. George, Jr., and Stephen F. Skrivanos on their achievements and their support for Junior Achievement’s mission.

In accepting this honor, these new laureates will join preceding JA Laureates to ensure JA lessons will be provided throughout the schools in North Louisiana parishes. If you are interested contributing to JA’s mission or in having Junior Achievement in your school, please visit www.JANLA.org and submit our online form. You may also call Nita Cook at, 318.588.2911 to discuss our programs.

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