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S.C. Junior Achievement boards consolidate operations

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 21, 2015

Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina and Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina have consolidated operations to better serve the students of South Carolina.

The consolidation, which took effect Sept. 1, will enable operational efficiencies so that Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina can leverage existing constituent relationships with a goal of reaching more than 13,000 students in over 31 counties with JA’s work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs, the boards said in a statement.

"We are excited about the opportunity to combine forces with the Columbia chapter to ensure that we are as efficient as possible and can maximize our impact in South Carolina,” said Paige Yeater, chair of the JA South Carolina Coastal board. “The young people of this state will be the key beneficiaries of this merge, and we look forward to paving new roads together."

Mze Wilkins, chair of the JA Central South Carolina board, said the consolidation will maximize opportunities for the future of the state.

“We plan to impact more than 13,000 students, using everyday business men and women to teach our programs on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness,” Wilkins said. “This is a true effort of collaboration, with the future of South Carolina being our main focus.”

Each of the organizations has served local served local youth for nearly 50 years.

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