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Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties Receives a National Honor

July 30, 2012

Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA) awarded Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties the highest honors, the Golden Summit Award. The award is given to local JA offices that have reached outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth. The Golden Summit Award refers to the number of consecutive years that a JA operation has received the Summit Award.

JA of San Diego, which serves more than 46,000 students throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, was recognized for this accomplishment recently at the Junior Achievement National Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"These Summit Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor."

"We are thrilled to receive the Golden Summit Award," said Joanne Pastula, president of Junior Achievement of San Diego. "We thank our more than 5,500 classroom volunteers and hundreds of corporate partners who joined with our board and staff to empower thousands of young people to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES has worked locally to reach 46,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year, which takes 5,500 volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit