The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida $1,000 to sponsor curriculum for classes in Gulf and Franklin counties.


The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida $1,000 to sponsor curriculum for classes in Gulf and Franklin counties.  Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida is a partnership of business people, educators and others who volunteer their time in our local schools. Using nationally developed curriculum and hands-on experience, they help young people understand the economics of life.



“This award continues Duke Energy’s support of Junior Achievement and helps them maintain a presence in the communities we serve,” said Bobby Pickels, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy. 



Junior Achievement (JA) initially began offering classes in Gulf and Franklin counties about four years ago. 



“Duke Energy stepped up early on and provided funding that enabled us to get these classes started and now we are pleased to have their continued support,” said Marlene Paige, Executive Director of JA of Northwest Florida’s Eastern Region.



Junior Achievement reached more than 2,500 students in Bay, Washington, Gulf and Franklin counties during the prior school year.  About 100 volunteers taught students in 35 classes in elementary, middle and high school grade levels.  These results are up from past years, as the community realizes the need for financial literacy and inspiring programs for our youth to understand the economics of life.  In 2008, JA celebrated our 50th anniversary and the impact it has made with over 117,000 young people in Northwest Florida.



Duke Energy Corporation is an energy company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Its regulated utility operations serve 7.2 million electric retail customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 22 million people; 1.7 million of those consumers are located in the Northwest of Florida.