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MetLife Presents Junior Achievement of San Diego the Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship Award

August 13, 2012

Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego and Imperial Counties won a 2012 MetLife Foundation Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship Award and a $10,000 grant for its C.A.R.E. program. The organization has partnered for more than 10 years on the awards program, which honors innovation and entrepreneurship at the local level and provides funding to expand those efforts.

Nonprofit’s Care Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E) program trains high school students on how to manage their credit cards and credit card debt. Through the award, Junior Achievement and MetLife Foundation hope to promote the growth of the program, provide financial support for its innovation and encourage entrepreneurial spirit.

The MetLife Foundation designed its Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship Award to encourage and initially fund an innovative but unimplemented idea, “a seed,” and make it grow. The foundation only gives up to five awards of $10,000 to JA operations around the world. MetLife announced the winners during the Junior Achievement USA National Leadership Conference in July—Junior Achievement of San Diego being one of the awardees.

“JA operations play a vital role in preparing young people to succeed in a global economy and in life,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to join JA in honoring the San Diego area for exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship, which are helping increase its reach and impact on young people.”

For more information about Junior Achievement of San Diego, please visit www.jasandiego.org. Please visit www.metlife.com to learn more about MetLife Foundation.

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Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties works locally to reach 46,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year, which takes 5,500 volunteers who will lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit www.jasandiego.org.

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation's commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in its dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities.  Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit www.metlife.org