Toronto, ON, October 6, 2014 – Junior Achievement (JA) of Canada, the largest provider of youth business education programs in Canada today announced that TD Bank Group has donated $1 Million to support JA's business education programs and digital learning. The bank’s support also includes a commitment to provide TD employee volunteers to deliver programs in classrooms across the country.
TD has been instrumental in supporting the ongoing development and delivery of Junior Achievement’s programs across Canada for more than 17 years. This most recent gift will fund business education programs and support the continued development of digital learning platforms, which will help JA to increase its outreach to young people in classrooms and communities across the country.
“We are thrilled to continue our long standing partnership with TD, an organization that shares our commitment to providing quality education to youth in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness," said Keith Publicover, CEO and President of Junior Achievement of Canada. “Our ability to meet increasing demand for our programs is significantly enhanced by this generous gift, and the commitment of TD volunteers to sharing their knowledge and real world experience as they deliver programs in classrooms across Canada.”
TD’s investment in Junior Achievement is amplified by the dedication of more than 1,200 TD employees who will volunteer their time to deliver 800 programs reaching more than 23,000 youth over three years.
“We are proud to continue our longstanding support of Junior Achievement of Canada, an organization that provides students with a unique opportunity to learn business skills, enhanced by volunteer mentors sharing their real world business experience," said Linda MacKay, SVP, Retail Savings and Investing, TD Bank Group.“With financial literacy month approaching we are especially excited to be in classrooms with JA Canada, delivering 'Dollars with Sense', a program that educates students on how to make smart life-long financial choices.”
‘Dollars with Sense’ teaches students personal money management skills and challenges them to apply these concepts in their own life. The program also demonstrates how students can financially manage changes in career and life directions. TD’s support will enable Junior Achievement to teach more students across Canada the importance of saving, budgeting, and investing.
"Creating more opportunities for young people to learn first-hand how to improve their financial skills is critical to their future financial success and our economy in the long run," said Louise Mitchell, SVP, Life and Health, TD Insurance. "We are excited about our ongoing partnership with JA that will bring not only significant financial support, but more importantly over a thousand TD employees volunteering their time and experience to improve the lives of young Canadians across the country."
About Junior Achievement of Canada
Junior Achievement of Canada is the country’s largest youth business education organization and is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Offering programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. Junior Achievement strives to help students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit. For more information please follow us on Twitter @ja_canada or visit our website at www.jacanada.org.
About TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2013, TD donated more than $74.7 million to community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
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