JA Receives National Honor

November 5, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes has been awarded the nonprofit organization’s Platinum Summit Award. The Summit Award is one of Junior Achievement’s highest honors. It is given by JA Worldwide Headquarters to local JA offices that have reached outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth.

JA of the Michigan Great Lakes was recognized for the accomplishment on Oct. 25 at the Junior Achievement Midwestern Regional Leadership Training Conference held in Toledo. Representatives of the area office attended the conference to accept the award. This was the eighth consecutive year that the office has received the Platinum Summit Award. The Platinum Summit Award was presented to 23 out of 140 offices in the United States.

"These Summit Award winners represent the best Junior Achievement has to offer," said Gerald M. Czarnecki, president and CEO of JA Worldwide. "They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor."

“We are always honored to receive this award from the JA Worldwide Office that recognizes the hard work of our staff and board, and the support we receive from companies, as well as individual donors, in the West Michigan area,” said president Bill Coderre. “JA of the Michigan Great Lakes has plans to expand program reach so that even more students can benefit from the proven effectiveness of JA programs.”

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes continues to be a leader within the organization in the United States. Earlier this year, Coderre was presented the Charles R. Hook Award, which is bestowed to one U.S. JA executive annually, and is the top honor for JA presidents who demonstrate superior results in promoting the growth and development of Junior Achievement in their area.

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