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Achievement Matters - Summer 2017

Dear Friends of JA New York, 

After a successful 2016-17 school year and with the summer winding down, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your committed support of Junior Achievement of New York. Without you – our funders, volunteers and corporate, community and school partners – we wouldn’t be able to engage and inspire the more than 85,000 K-12 students we reach across NYC, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley each year.

We are ready to make the 2017-18 school year even better one than last year. Thank you for being an integral part of what we do every day!


Joseph A. Peri
President, Junior Achievement of New York

Pictured above is a group of Santander volunteers at PS 102 this past school year. We are proud to welcome Toby Singh Baba, Community Partnership Manager and Assistant Vice President, Santander Bank as one of our newest Board Members. Toby is an avid JA volunteer in New York City and Long Island.

Introducing our 2017 Student of the Year, Muhammad Usman Ghani

We are proud to introduce you to our 2017 Student of the Year Scholarship recipient, Usman Ghani. Usman is a rising senior at the High School of Economics and Finance in Manhattan. As the winner of this year’s award, he will receive a $10,000 scholarship made possible by a generous gift from Claire and Manuel H. Barron. Usman’s confident and charismatic personality made him stand out from a highly competitive applicant pool.

Aspiring to become an analyst on Wall Street or an accountant, Usman has an eclectic array of interests, including data mining, Bollywood, Alexander Hamilton, and creative writing and reading. You’ll have a chance to meet him at upcoming events such as the 2017 Leadership Awards Gala in November, where he will receive his award.

Usman has participated in JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA Personal Finance, JA Career Success, and JA Job Shadows at Goldman Sachs and AT&T. Usman is the editor of his school’s literary magazine and has a peer leader certification. As the 2017 Student of the Year, Usman is well-positioned to advocate for the needs of students in NYC, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.

“I have a passion for business and finance. This passion drives me to deliver high quality work and motivates me to attain greater success in the future. I believe learning material in school is greatly important because it teaches a student what to do, but real world application teaches us how to do it. This ultimately shapes us as individuals and challenges us to think critically."

Introducing our 2017 JA Student Ambassadors

Our four Student of the Year Finalists chosen to serve as Student Ambassadors are Yeda Dayao, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies; Brianna Serna, Cathedral High School; Franklin Saeteros, Academy of Finance & Enterprise; and Kimberly Patino (not pictured), Richmond Hill High School.

New this year, we have also invited five additional Student Ambassadors to represent JA New York. They are: Jahnia Cherenfant, Brooklyn Preparatory High School; Dechoyab De, High School for Dual Language & Asian Studies; Nicole Hernandez, Academy of Finance & Enterprise; Leianna Joseph, Hillcrest High School; and Gerald Urena, Freeport High School.

All talented rising seniors with bright futures ahead of them, the 10 students selected this year will represent Junior Achievement not only in their schools and communities, but at various JA events throughout the year.

Good Luck to our 2016 Student of the Year and Ambassadors

Linda Chan has been a wonderful student role model and embodiment of all JA New York represents. In the fall she will be heading to Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. We wish her luck in all of her future endeavors and hope she’ll keep in touch.

Shortly after her graduation from Cathedral High School, Linda spoke during our Golf Classic at Westchester Country Club on June 19. “I’m so grateful and will always be a JA student, learning and growing every day. It is my turn now to give back and help others just like JA has helped me.”

Jaya Hamilton graduated from the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, will be attending Baruch College, and plans to major in International Business. Thalia Baeza Milan graduated from High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies. She will be attending Yale University in the fall and plans to study Global Affairs along with Chinese and Arabic. Kaiyell Pettie recently graduated from the High School of Economics and Finance and will be attending Baruch College to earn a degree in Accounting & Finance. Kayele Spencer also graduated from the High School of Economics and Finance and will be attending SUNY Oswego.

Click here to read reflections from the 2016 Student of the Year and Ambassadors.

10th Annual Business Plan Competition

On June 1, aspiring young entrepreneurs Joseph Zirkel, Naman Shakrani, James Curran and Stephen Gavrielidis from W.T. Clarke High School in Nassau County led their team and school to first place victory in the final round of Junior Achievement of New York’s 10th Annual High School Business Plan Competition. Their proposed idea for a green, alternative solution to traditional applications of pavement – Simplastic – would utilize custom designed plastic cells to simulate a traditional pavement surface.

Simplastic stood out from the six other finalists’ ideas centered on this year’s theme, Think Local. Members of the team each received a cash prize of $2,500 and a trophy for their school.

Deloitte Impact Day

On June 9, nearly 250 employees from Deloitte participated in Deloitte Impact Day with JA New York. These dedicated volunteers brought JA programming to K-8 students in 60 classes at PS 34, PS 188, and Mosaic Preparatory Academy in Manhattan, and PS 212 in Queens. Thanks to their inspiring teaching, over 1,350 students learned the skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy!

Summer Apprentices Prepare for Fall Internships as High School Heroes

JA New York was excited to partner this summer with the New York City Department of Education and Office of Renewal Schools to teach money, work and business skills to summer apprentices.

The CareerCLUE Apprenticeships Program teaches a group of high school students the skills needed to succeed in a new field and how to apply them, and how to share this knowledge with younger students. The summer apprenticeship prepares teens for fall internships where they will be serving as role models for younger kids in their communities.

We are grateful to our outstanding volunteers and companies, especially FedEx and PepsiCo, who joined us in working with this group of students.

We Love Our Partners!
Junior Achievement of New York is pleased to acknowledge the many corporate and foundation grants and contributions received during the fourth quarter of the ‘16-17 fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. We thank them for investing in the achievement of tomorrow’s business and community leaders.
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • AT&T
  • Atlas Air, Inc.
  • Bank of Hope
  • Citi
  • Citrin Cooperman
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
  • HSBC
  • ICE NYSE Foundation
  • KeyBank Foundation
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
  • MetLife
  • The New York Yankees
  • NYC Civic Corps
  • PepsiCo
  • PSE&G
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank
  • S&P Global
  • Salesforce
  • The Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation
  • Siegel Family Endowment
  • U.S. Bank
  • Voya Financial, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • XL Catlin

Bowl-A-Thon All-Stars
As a fun way to engage their employees and raise funds for Junior Achievement, many of our business partners choose to hold Bowl-A-Thons to benefit JA students. We thank our all-star bowling partners for their dedication to empowering New York’s kids. The list of companies below recognizes our bowling partners from January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017.
  • AIG
  • American Express
  • BNY Mellon
  • Chase Bank
  • Citi
  • comScore
  • FactSet
  • Fortis Lux
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP
  • MetLife
  • MUFG
  • National Grid
  • NTT Data
  • People’s United Bank
  • Popular Community Bank
  • Sprint
  • State Street Bank & Trust Co.
  • Sterling Bank
  • Thomson Reuters
  • U.S. Bank
  • Zurich North America

Super Bowl-A-Thon 2016


 2017 Leadership Awards Gala

Mark your Calendars! On Tuesday, November 14th, Junior Achievement of New York will host its annual Leadership Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.

We are proud to announce that Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, is this year’s Leadership Award honoree. Mr. Edelman is recognized as a global leader in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in over 25 industries around the world.

Mr. Edelman is regarded as an industry thought leader and is consistently mentioned as one of the top 25 foremost experts on corporate trust. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Children’s Aid Society, the Gettysburg Foundation, the 9/11 Museum, the National Committee on US China Relations and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Edelman has been a partner of JA New York since 2008. The company generously hosts an annual fundraising event benefiting JA New York, and its employees mentor Leadership & Public Service High School students participating in the Business Plan Competition each year.

Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

Leewood Golf Club entrance

Team JA New York 2017
Golf Classic at Leewood Golf Club
Join us on Tuesday, September 26th at Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester, NY for a signature 18-Hole Classic Scramble, brunch, fantastic refreshments on the course, and a delicious BBQ reception and dinner, all of which provide great opportunities for networking.

Click here for sponsorship and foursome information.

2017 TCS New York City Marathon

On Sunday, November 5, seven members from Team JA New York will run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. We are grateful for their support and wish them luck as they prepare for the 26.2 miles that will take them through all five boroughs of New York. Each team member has committed to raising a minimum of $2,500 for New York’s students – that’s 18 classrooms of students who will gain the knowledge and skills they need to turn “I can’t” into “I can” and realize their full and boundless potential.

Click here to support Team JA New York’s fundraising efforts.

Are you running the TCS New York City Marathon this November? Join Team JA New York as an unofficial runner. Contact Stephanie Zlotnick at for more information.

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