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Junior Achievement of NJ President Catherine Milone Receives Junior Achievement USA’s Most Prestigio

Thursday, August 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Catherine Milone, President of Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) and longtime member of the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE), recently received the 2014 Charles R. Hook Award at the annual Junior Achievement USA(r) National Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.

Selected each year from 115 JA Area presidents, the Charles R. Hook award is presented to the JA Area president whose professionalism and performance has promoted the growth and development of JA through one of its local operations in the United States.

“The competition for this coveted award is intense as it is symbolic of having achieved the pinnacle of professionalism and performance in the organization,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, President and CEO, Junior Achievement USA. “Having known and worked with Catherine for many years, I can attest to the fact that she is a worthy recipient of this honor.”

JANJ delivers K-12 financial education programs that empower young people to own their economic success. Since becoming president in 2004, Milone has led the organization through a decade of success, including increasing the number of students the program has reached in the past 10 years by 230 percent, from just over 15,000 students in 2004 to more than 50,000 students in 2014.

Most recently, Milone helped launch JA BizTown at which the NJCFE was present. BizTown is the newest no-cost initiative of JANJ designed to help fifth- and sixth-grade students meet state standards in social studies, mathematics and English by combining an extensive in-classroom curriculum with a simulated community where students practice their newly acquired entrepreneurial, business management and budgeting skills.

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