Junior Achievement of South Dakota won an inaugural 2011 MetLife Foundation �Sowing the Seeds of Entrepreneurship� Award and a $10,000 grant to fund and grow an innovative Reverse Roles program that will inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. The JA operation was one of only three to receive this honor at the recent Junior Achievement USA� National Leadership Conference held in Boston. Junior Worldwide� (JA) and MetLife Foundation have partnered for more than 10 years to honor exemplary entrepreneurship programs and processes at the local level and to provide funds to expand those efforts.
�Local JA operations play a vital role in providing young people with the knowledge, skills and role models they need to succeed in a global economy,� said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. �We are pleased to join JA in recognizing Junior Achievement of South Dakota for its innovative concept aimed at putting young people on the path to success.�
Reverse Roles- JA Students Teaching Parents is the name of Junior Achievement of South Dakota�s winning concept. The new Reverse Roles idea focuses on relationship building with students and parents.
�We are proud to receive this confirmation of our team�s efforts in innovation and entrepreneurship. Core JA concepts really do translate to the business world. Through our new Reverse Roles program, we will continue to empower young people to own their economic success and experience the opportunities of the global marketplace,� said Kristie, president of Junior Achievement of South Dakota.