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Junior Achievement of the High Plains to receive $25K check from Phillips 66

Junior Achievement of the High Plains is to be the recipient of a $25,000 check on Monday from Phillips 66. (Courtesy: Junior Achievement of the High Plains)

Junior Achievement of the High Plains is to be the recipient of a $25,000 check on Monday from Phillips 66.

The check will be presented to Junior Achievement at 1 p.m. The monetary award is to be used for programs and expansion into surrounding districts.

The goal of Junior Achievement is to prepare and inspire young people to succeed. Junior Achievement of the High Plains was brought to Amarillo by a group of local bankers that recognized a need for financial education for students.

The organization started with 497 students in the Amarillo Independent School District and now serves more than 4,000 students, primarily in AISD as well as school districts throughout the Texas Panhandle.

“This gift will allow us to expand into a new school district, and give those students the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to manage the current economic climate," said Teresa Hillman, Executive Director for Junior Achievement. "Our programs are designed to give students the necessary knowledge to keep them out of poverty. One of our goals is to reach our students before they reach the point of crisis."

Junior Achievement of the High Plains focuses on financial literacy, career development and college and workforce readiness programs. Students can learn financial topics such as budgeting, saving, the importance of establishing credit and how to minimize debt.

Trained and passionate business volunteers from within the community lead the classes, while public support gives JA the ability to continue to provide these programs.

More information on Junior Achievement of the High Plains can be found here.

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