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Junior Achievement and San Ysidro School District Join Forces to Prepare and Inspire the next Generation of Leaders

June 01, 2016




June 1, 2016

Junior Achievement and San Ysidro School District join forces to prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders

New partnership impacts over 4,000 students at seven elementary and middle schools by teaching them how to get job, start a business and manage money

SAN DIEGO-- Junior Achievement (JA) announces a new partnership with the San Ysidro School District. The collaboration will bring JA’s financial literacy program to over 4,000 students across seven elementary and middle schools this year.

Councilmember David Alvarez (District 8), newly elected San Ysidro School District (SYSD) Superintendent Dr. Julio Fonseca, Ocean View Hills Elementary Principal Neil Egasani, and JA President and CEO Marla Black will discuss the importance of preparing and inspiring the next generation of San Ysidro’s leaders. The panel will discuss the benefits of educating students at an early age about financial literacy, work readiness skills and entrepreneurship during a press conference on Thursday, June 2nd from 10AM – 11.30AM.

WHEN: Thursday, June 2

TIME: 10 A.M. – 11.30 A.M.

WHERE: Ocean View Hills Elementary School 4919 Del Sol Blvd San Diego, CA 92154 (619) 661-0457


Councilmember David Alvarez District 8

Superintendent Dr. Julio Fonseca, San Ysidro School District

President & CEO Marla Black, Junior Achievement

4th and 5th Grade Students, Ocean View Hills Elementary

Principal Neil Egasani, Ocean View Hills Elementary School

VISUALS: Following brief remarks from Councilmember Alvarez, Superintendent Dr. Julio Fonseca, JA President and CEO Marla Black, the media is invited inside to interact with 4th and 5th grade classrooms as volunteers teach students important life-lessons about money, budgeting and learning about wants vs. needs.


“We are very excited to partner with Junior Achievement. The children we serve are our future. All of our students deserve quality financial literacy programs so they are prepared to succeed in the workforce and higher education," said Dr. Julio Fonseca, Superintendent at San Ysidro School District.

“The District’s partnership with Junior Achievement will help us ensure all of our students have access to the highest quality curriculum so they can succeed in today’s global economy,” said Councilmember David Alvarez, District 8.

"This historic partnership will merge JA's mission of educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy with San Ysidro School District's commitment to help students succeed beyond the classroom," said Marla Black, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County.

"We share JA’s passion for inspiring youth to dream for a bigger and brighter future,” said Principal Neil Egasani at Ocean View Hills. “We want our students to develop financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills so they are ready to compete in today's rapidly changing business environment.” The school was recently recognized for being a 2015 California Honor Roll recipient. The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence recognized 1,714 schools for their academic achievement and the reduction and narrowing of the achievement gap.


CONTACT: Kristi Zimsky

Junior Achievement of San Diego