August Newsletter

A Message from the President

The new school year is an exciting time at Junior Achievement. We are back in action with the goal of impacting a record breaking 81,500 students.   Once again we need YOU to bring our financial literacy programs to life.

With the 5th Annual JA Golf Classic right around the corner, there are multiple opportunities to support JA kids.  If you are a golfer, come hit the greens with San Diego’s top executives at the exclusive, The Grand Golf Club, on Friday, September 8th.   A special thanks to presenting sponsor, San Diego Fluid System Technologies for bringing this signature event to life.  Reserve your foursome!

If you are not a golfer, please consider joining us for dinner and awards program following the tournament on the beautiful Aria Lawn at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar.  The tickets are $100/per person.

Thank you for making a solid investment in the next generation of San Diego’s leaders.

Here is to a thriving and successful 2017- 2108 school year,

Marla Black

President and CEO

Junior Achievement of San Diego County 

Introducing the Next Class of Lifetime Laureates

Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego will induct five visionary leaders into the San Diego Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 2nd at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

JA’s signature event will feature a dinner, an auction, and an awards presentation for the 2017 Lifetime Laureates.  Please join us in celebrating this year’s honorees for their outstanding business and philanthropic leadership in the San Diego community.

Attorney Janice P. Brown, Founding Partner of Brown Law Group and Founder, Beyond Law

Wendy Gillespie, President & CEO, Frontier Trading Inc. / Starhawk Productions, Capdevilla Gillespie Foundation

Jack McGrory, CEO, La Jolla MJ Management, LLC

Lori and Bill Walton

Learn more about these inspiring honorees.


Back to School with Junior Achievement

Thanks to the support of 6,322 volunteers, JA made history this year. Together, we impacted a record- breaking 80,344 students in the 2016-17 school year. 

With the new school year, we are once again counting on the support of JA volunteers.  We currently have openings for the JA Day program in South County in October. For more details on current needs, please click here. 


Junior Achievement Volunteer Recognition Program: The Apple Society

Volunteers are an integral part of Junior Achievement’s success.  To show you just how vital you are to our mission, we are extremely proud to launch the new JA Apple Society.  The program recognizes volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to support JA kids.

Star volunteers, who have met certain qualifications, in a given school year, will be honored with a very special keepsake, certificate and recognized during a prestigious award ceremony.  Every time you impact a student, you will get closer to reaching specific milestones to earn JA Apple Awards.  Learn more

Celebrating JA BizTown’s 10th Birthday

Thank you for supporting JA with the celebration of the McGrath Family JA BizTown’s 10th birthday this summer.   Since opening its doors ten years ago, the popular 10,000 sq. foot mini-city has “employed” nearly 126,000 5th grade students.  The young adults may not be old enough to drive, work or vote, but that will not stop them from running a business, starting their own company, and earning a profit.   

Nearly $12,000 was donated in the form of “candles,” which light-up a 6-foot birthday cake in the JA lobby.  Every child deserves a bright future and you made this happen. The financial support will keep the program thriving for years to come.  Thank You!

Welcome New Board Members

It’s with great excitement we welcome seven new members to the JA Board of Directors.  They embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the JA team. Please welcome the following members to the JA family:

John Asdell, Regional Vice President, Robert Half

Cesar Enciso, Managing Partner, EVOTEK  

Travis Frazier, Marketing Strategist, COX Media

Hass Ibrahim, Financial Branch Manager, City National Bank

Bob Jondall, Senior Vice President & Regional Branch Manager, Umpqua Bank

Scotty Lombardi, Senior Manager of Talent, Hunter Industries, Inc.

Jan Marshall, VP & Chief Information Officer, Cubic Corporation


Board Spotlight: Hass Ibrahim

“Junior Achievement is a fantastic organization of amazing people and phenomenal programs, all focused on teaching the extremely important topics of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to our children during their school years,” said new JA Board Member, Hass Ibrahim.

It is with great pleasure we recognize Hass Ibrahim as the Board Spotlight this month.  The new father recently joined City National Bank as a Branch Manager after working for Citibank for nearly nine years.  Hass was first introduced to JA five years ago through the “Teach Children to Save” program.  The national initiative organizes bankers to volunteer in the classroom to help young people learn the importance of saving money. 

He has been a champion for JA ever since.

“For children growing up, financial literacy and money management is not taught in most classrooms, so I feel very passionate about joining JA’s mission to prepare young adults for the real world,” said the San Diego State University graduate. “JA programs are absolutely essential to providing our students with practical financial information to help them succeed and become financially responsible adults.”

Hass is excited to introduce JA to his new team at City National Bank and looks forward to becoming more involved this school year. If you would like to make a difference, like Hass contact Tamara Ferguson at tferguson@jasandiego.org  to become a JA volunteer today.

JA Alum Is Ready for College Thanks to Finance Park Experience

In case you missed it, check out this month’s article on Mission Fed JA Finance Park in Giving Back Magazine. The story is told through the eyes of Natalie Cange, a JA alum. 

“Finance Park was the best use of math I have had in the past four years,” said Natalie.  “I thought becoming an adult for the day would be easy.  It is not,” said Natalie, who selected a career as a teacher and had to support one child as a single parent during her Finance Park simulation.   “I am ready for my future career as a college student thanks to this program.”

Feeding San Diego

This month the JA team had fun giving back to the community during the annual staff retreat by volunteering at “Feeding San Diego.”  The leading hunger-relief charity & food bank feeds 63,000 children, families and seniors, every week in San Diego County.  During the visit, the JA staff learned a lot about the realities of hunger and was surprised to discover 1 in 5 children, do not have a reliable source of food at home. If you would like to help in the fight against hunger, visit: https://feedingsandiego.org/








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