“Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations. “Its mission aligns perfectly with the youth development pillar of our CSR program, HGV Serves. We are focused on encouraging our nation’s youth to realize their dreams through education, financial literacy and work readiness.”
During the 2020-2021 calendar school year, HGV team members in eight school districts across the U.S. will have the opportunity to volunteer in their local communities through various JA programs. These markets include Orlando, South Florida, Myrtle Beach (North and South), Las Vegas, New York, Hawaii’s Big Island and Oahu. This fall, virtual volunteering will take place in lieu of classroom visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Junior Achievement’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver curriculum while sharing their personal experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, classroom volunteers transform key concepts and lessons into messages that inspire and empower students to believe in themselves, showing that they can make a difference in the world.
“A spirit of service has always been at the heart of Hilton Grand Vacations,” said Wang. “We are dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and a partnership with Junior Achievement gives our team members the incredible opportunity to serve their local communities and schools. We look forward to seeing our team members help fuel the boundless potential of young people this school year and for many years to come.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior Achievement has modified many of its programs to fit a virtual learning platform, allowing volunteers to still serve students while maintaining the safety and security measures necessary for the schools. “Junior Achievement is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “We greatly appreciate Hilton Grand Vacations’ support of this mission and the tens of thousands of young people reached by JA programs in the communities benefiting from this partnership.”