(March 15, 2019, Bridgeport, CT) – Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County received an $80,000 three-year grant from the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support the implementation of the Life-Prep Initiative, which will provide the knowledge, tools and inspiration to help Ansonia and Derby students become better prepared for their futures.

Throughout the three-year grant period, over 3,500 students will receive JA programs, which focus on developing their financial literacy, career preparedness and entrepreneurial skills. Efforts supported by this grant include the pilot of JA Inspire, an interactive, hands-on career exploration for Derby and Ansonia 8th grade students, as well as the launch of JA Family College Prep/Financial Literacy Night, an event that brings together students and their parents/guardians to explore and understand financial implications of issues that will impact them soon.

This grant was made possible by the support of the Valley Community Foundation’s Donor Advised Funds, including Unrestricted, AGAPE Fund, Salvatore and Linda Tiano Coppola Family Fund, Paul & Gloria Konwerski Family Fund, Palazzi Family Fund, and Warichar Family Fund.

“Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County appreciates the investment and partnership of the Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for their generous support of its programming,” said Bernadine Venditto, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. “Participation in these programs is vital to helping Ansonia and Derby students build a foundation of skills that will enable their future success.”