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Junior Achievement of San Diego Wins International Award for Innovation

July 25, 2013

MetLife Foundation awards $25,000 to the local nonprofit

Junior Achievement of San Diego County won a 2013 MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award, including a grant of $25,000, for outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship.

Junior Achievement (JA) will use the grant to scale the “Pitch Fest” initiative—a part of Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurial Convention, which brings together young entrepreneurs participating in JA Company Program each year. The “Pitch Fest” lets students present to the potential investors for a chance to receive a startup capital toward their companies.

Junior Achievement and MetLife Foundation have partnered for 13 years to recognize exemplary entrepreneurial innovations developed by JA operations around the world.

"MetLife Foundation recognizes the important role that Junior Achievement plays worldwide in inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to honor Junior Achievement of San Diego whose exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship helps to reach more young people with effective, high-quality programs."

"We are so very grateful to MetLife Foundation for their support of our new 'Pitch Fest' initiative," said Joanne Pastula, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego. "This is the first year we implemented this innovative and exciting opportunity for students to have yet another 'real world' experience.  MetLife's generous contribution will help us bring this valuable experience to all of our JA Company Program students."

MetLife has been a Junior Achievement partner since 1972 and also supports JA at the local level through volunteer engagement and board leadership. Building on its 93-year legacy, Junior Achievement continues to deliver innovation to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. 


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to reach 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year, which takes thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit

About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to carry on MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement.  Through programs focused on financial empowerment and inclusion, MetLife Foundation works to build a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide.  Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $270 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.  For more information, visit