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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/13/18) — Hopkins County Young Professionals presented Junior Achievement with a $5,000 donation Thursday at Browning Springs Middle School.

It is the largest, single donation in JA of Hopkins County’s history, the young professionals said. The donation will help fund the Junior Achievement programs that teach financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship to grade 5-7 students in the Hopkins County Schools district. The program has hopes of expanding to the high schools in the future.

The partnership between HCYP and Junior Achievement, which was announced in August, was an obvious fit, according to HCYP Vice President Krista Brasher.

“The children of our community are going to be the future young professionals of our area and we are making the efforts to prepare them for that by helping support the programs that get them ready for the real world,” Brasher said.

HCYP’s support of Junior Achievement doesn’t stop at just a monetary donation. Approximately 75 percent of its membership base completed JA volunteer training, and they are volunteering in the classrooms every semester, the group said.

“We’re so thankful to have been able to fill a need that a great program had, both monetarily and with its volunteer base,” said HCYP President, Summer Crick. “We are hoping that HCYP can raise awareness for JA of Hopkins County, and that our efforts are just the beginning of a snowball effect of support it receives from our Hopkins County community. We’ve helped JA meet its current goal of funding all fifth- and seventh-grade classrooms, but there is a huge need to expand these lessons into the high schools so that students can learn more about the dangers of things like credit card and student loan debt and the importance of things like showing up to work on time, using a budget, and having a good credit score.”

HCYP reports it joins JA of West Kentucky’s list of major donors as the 11th funder in the amount of $5,000 or greater in JA’s 25-county footprint.

“Typically, JA receives donations from local businesses to sponsor our in-school programming; however, for the fourth year in a row we have fallen short on community support,” said Kristi Harrison, Development Manager, JA of West Kentucky. “HCYP stepped in and exhibited the business lessons we teach about being creative, innovative, and community minded as they discovered a new way to rally the community together, bring awareness to JA, and fundraise for the 47 classrooms we serve. We are amazed by their quick results and are infinitely grateful for their deep partnership, as we celebrate meeting our fundraising goal in Hopkins County for the first time in four years.”

The donation was made possible largely in part to HCYP’s successful Murder Mystery Dinner held in February. A portion of each member’s dues also goes directly to JA of Hopkins County.

For more information, visit www.hopkinscountyyoungprofessionals.com. Learn more about Junior Achievement at http://westky.ja.org.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Kristi Harrison

Photo Caption: Hopkins County Young Professionals joined Browning Springs Middle School Students, along with Hopkins County School Administration including Deanna Ashby, Superintendent; Robert Carter, Director of Engagement, Equity and School Support; and Jason Clark, Principal, to celebrate a $5,000 donation to sponsor JA programming at two schools this year.

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