Junior Achievement

To combat the region’s high drop-out rate and rumors of an unprepared or poorly-prepared workforce, Progressive Business Publications joined forces with Junior Achievement.  Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing volunteer-driven economic education nonprofit.  JA’s purpose is simple– educate and inspire young people to own their economic success through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs.  JA’s track record is impressive.

Following its usual pattern, Progressive Business Publications has been a long-term supporter at the regional level, with several of PBP’s top administrators serving on the Board.  COO Tom Schubert, now in his sixth year of Board service, currently acts as Finance Officer for the Executive Committee.  Progressive Business Publications sponsors the annual “Battle on Broad Street as well as the Golf Outing.

In 2010, PBP expanded its partnership with JA to benefit PBP’s “adopted” elementary school, Philadelphia’s Cook-Wissahickon.  Ja shared several exciting educational initiatives designed to develop financial literacy which PBP used as learning activities in its year-long Mentor Program.  We linked with another JA partner, Bank of America, for a high-energy field trip to their Philadelphia corporate headquarters to learn about banking.   This year students will be hosted by The Vanguard Group, another JA partner, and will learn about the importance of understanding  investing.

In 2011, Progressive Business Publications Founder and CEO, Ed Satell, accepted the nomination as the first inductee to the JA Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame.  During a sold-out black-tie event, regional leaders praised JA’s impact on youth in the region.

Take a look at Junior Achievement’s presentation on their Company Program.