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JA Europe and Citi Foundation deepen their cooperation to support low income students in entrepreneurship endeavours

Brussels, 20 November 2019

The Citi Foundation and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) will deepen their cooperation into this new school year with a boosted emphasis on low income communities.

The Citi Foundation is focused on preparing today’s young people to be the most employable generation yet. By partnering with JA Europe, the Citi Foundation aims this year to support 68,000 young people across 22 European countries to participate in JA’s flagship entrepreneurship education programme, the JA Company Programme. Throughout the year, these young people will be supported by more than 250 Citi volunteers who will coach and mentor them to take their business ideas from concept to reality.

To help the students take stock of their progress throughout the year and help them with their future employability, the Citi Foundation will offer them the opportunity to take the JA Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP): the ESP is an international qualification that certifies that students aged 15-19 who have had an entrepreneurship experience through the JA Company Programme, have gained the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to start a business or to be successfully employed. By supporting the ESP, the Citi Foundation helps young people in low income communities develop their entrepreneurship and leadership skills and secure opportunities for their future employability.

“It is through longstanding partnerships such as the one we have had with Citi for the last 32 years that we have a sustainable impact on the lives of young Europeans. The focus of the Citi Foundation on low income communities allows us to reach out to less favoured students across 22 countries in Europe and support these young people for a better future. We are very grateful for the trust of the Citi Foundation in our initiatives and look forward to discovering what the 2019-2020 school year will bring!”, says Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe. 

“Investing in today’s youth is critical to the health of society and the economy. Through our partnership with JA Europe we support young people to understand the importance of entrepreneurial thinking, helping better prepare them for their future careers and aspirations. The partnership is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways2Progress initiative, which works to prepare and equip urban youth with the tools to thrive in today's economy “, says Rachael Barber, Head of Community Development, EMEA, Citi.




About JA Europe
JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide which for 100 years has delivered hands on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA creates pathways for employability, job creation and financial success. Last school year, the JA network in Europe reached more than 4.2 million young people across 40 countries with the support of 139,000 business volunteers and 143,000 teachers and educators.
jaeurope.org 

About Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi  | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com  | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi  | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi .

About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyse job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach deploys the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Silvia Boschetti, Public Affairs Officer, Citi Italia: silvia.boschetti@citi.com
Sophie Norman, Head of Communications, JA Europe: sophie@jaeurope.org


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