Junior Achievement of Arizona Volunteer Receives Top National Honor
By Lindsay Hansen -
Friday Apr 01, 2022
Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) announced that Marcia Wepfer has been chosen from among tens of thousands of U.S. volunteers as one of ten recipients of the organizationâ€™s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.
Junior Achievementâ€™s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, presented in recognition of leadership in supporting and expanding JAâ€™s student impact, resources, operational excellence and sustainability. The Gold Leadership Awards honor the recipientsâ€™ JA volunteer service during the 2020-21 school year.
â€œOur local business communityâ€™s support of JA is critical to achieving our mission, to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy,â€ said Katherine Cecala, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona. â€œMarcia Wepfer at Principal Financial Group is a remarkable example of that spirit of dedication and service to others. In a very real way, she helps Phoenix area JA students get the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.â€
For the past 20 years, Marcia has been on our board of directors and has fundamentally impacted JAâ€™s strategic direction around programming and impact in Arizona. She has volunteered in the classroom nearly every year since 1996 and is personally shaping the future of hundreds of Arizona students. Most recently and notably, she helped lead JAâ€™s efforts to transform to digital during the pandemic. She is one of JAAZâ€™s top five individual donors over the last 20 years.
Junior Achievementâ€™s entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness programs are delivered nationwideâ€”typically in classrooms during the school day, by volunteer role models from the local business community.
About Junior Achievement USAÂ® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 2.5 million students per year in 104 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit http://www.ja.org for more information.
Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that equips Arizona students to succeed in work and life by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Since 1957, JA has taught kids, kindergarten through high school, about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The organizationâ€™s hands-on, age-appropriate programs are delivered by more than 8,000 corporate and community volunteers. Despite educational obstacles during the pandemic, JA reached more than 65,000 students in the 2020-2021 school year. Follow @JAArizona on social media or visit http://www.jaaz.org/resources for more free online educational tools.