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DeVos Family Foundation Grant to Help Inspire and Prepare Local Students for Economic Success

Dan Savage
Director of Digital News

ORLANDO – For many years, early education has emphasized the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic.

However, one area of education that is often overlooked is financial literacy and the importance of managing money well for long-term success.

That’s where Junior Achievement of Central Florida comes in. “The mission of Junior Achievement is to empower children and youth in our community to own their economic success,” said Junior Achievement (JA) President and CEO Karen Revels.

JA helps young people develop the skills and mindset to build thriving lives and communities through lessons that promote money management, financial acumen, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship skills—capabilities often not traditionally taught in school.

These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to students with the help of education partners and volunteers from the local community.

Now, as a result of a $30,000 donation from the DeVos Family Foundation as part of their 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, JA can further extend its reach in the Central Florida area.

“This grant from the DeVos Family Foundation is phenomenal,” said Revels. “This is going to enable us to really grow our financial literacy program. With the new state mandate that schools and high school students are educated in financial literacy, this grant really allows us to explore what that means for Junior Achievement and how we can meet that need in the public school system.”

Locally, JA reaches more than 24,000 students per year in 900+ classrooms and after-school locations.

“We are just very blessed [to have this relationship],” said Revels. “We have been in this community for 60 years, and the Magic has been here for over 30. We have been partners every step of the way.”

The gift to Junior Achievement of Central Florida is the latest donation as part of the DeVos family's 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative. Last season, the DeVos Family Foundation provided grants to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, the New Image Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Dress for Success Greater Orlando, ELEVATE Orlando, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, First Tee – Central Florida, Make-A-Wish Central and Northern

Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Orlando Science Center, Family Promise of Greater Orlando, and Pace Center for Girls.

As part of the DeVos family's 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, a total of $3 million will be donated to 30 area nonprofit organizations over 18 months, investing in people and projects impacting youth, essential needs for families, and community enrichment across Central Florida.

"There are tremendous things happening in the Orlando community every day," said Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos. "We wanted to mark this 30-year milestone by coming alongside nonprofits in the community accomplishing important work."