Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Maryland has been granted another $20K this year by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County for its JA Rising Women program. The WGC has invested over $150,000 to date over the past seven years.
JA Rising Women is the WGC’s multi-year grant supporting a 13-week after-school entrepreneurship program for girls grades 9-12, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland that gives young women in Howard County the opportunity to start their own companies alongside local women business mentors.
JA Rising Women provides real-world experiences to help build entrepreneurial and business mindsets in young women and girls, and to date has launched numerous student-run companies which have earned more than $3,000. These profits have been donated back into the community, benefitting local organizations such as the Howard County Food Bank, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Special Olympics, and the Linus Project.
“We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with JA of Central Maryland on the JA Rising Women program” said Barb Van Winkle, chair of the Women’s Giving Circle. “It’s exciting to be able to fund another year of this exceptional entrepreneurship program for girls that has yielded clear results and has exceeded our expectations!"
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