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Community Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Receives Prestigious 2013 Peak Performance Team Award

Published Saturday, March 8, 2014

TAMPA – Junior Achievement USA® (JA) has recognized the staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay with the 2013 Peak Performance Team Award. This award was created to recognize outstanding performance by a local Junior Achievement office team during the past fiscal year.


To qualify for the award, a JA Area office had to demonstrate a strong financial position and positive student growth. Recipients recognized with the award have achieved the highest combined level of student growth, increased market share and total revenue growth.


“The board of directors and staff of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay are proud to receive this recognition for working for a cause we feel passionate about—giving students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship,” said Richard George, President of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay. “I am so proud of our tremendous team for coming together to help more young people in our community make the connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied to the real world.” 


During the 2012-2013 school year, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay reached 89,945 students in 12 counties, the thirteenth largest JA franchise in the United States.


Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay is one of 12 area recipients (top 10% in U.S.)  This is the third consecutive year that they have received this award and the sixth Peak Performance Award received in past nine years.


“We recognize that these challenging times make it even more difficult to accomplish the goals and objectives of our organization,” said Jack Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay has shown great determination and commitment and we are excited to honor them with the Peak Performance Team Award.”


Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Last year, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay reached 89,945 students in the Tampa Bay area. Visit for more information.

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