Junior Achievement of Central Florida, through its partnership with UCF, was one of eight JA offices to receive the 2008 MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award. The international award recognizes JA programs that promote creative thinking, encourage entrepreneurial spirit and reward innovative projects that can be successfully replicated.

“Our partnership with Junior Achievement continues to grow and expand,” said Kelly Astro, director of Research and Civic Engagement for UCF’s Burnett Honors College. “It’s the most unique JA-university partnership in the country.”

Several of UCF’s JA programs have been lauded as leading national examples of involving youths in the community and inspiring them to improve the quality of their lives.

For the 2007-08 year, UCF students contributed almost 34,500 service-learning hours and $100,000 through JA programs.