January 29, 2020
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Junior Achievement of Maine president wins national ‘Model of Values Professional’ award

Community Author: Jenna Jeffrey
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PORTLAND — Michelle Anderson, president, of Junior Achievement of Maine has been awarded the organization’s prestigious “MVP” Award.

The national award is given to Junior Achievement associates who exemplify values and behaviors that provide the model for the students it serves and assures Junior Achievement a place as a business to be respected in every community where it has a presence. The award recognizes staff members who demonstrate Junior Achievement Values Based Behaviors including, but not limited to – passion for the mission, respect for others, honesty and integrity, commitment to excellence, team orientation and collaboration, customer satisfaction and delight, adaptability and results orientation.

Nominations were submitted by Junior Achievement associates across the country. Two award recipients were then chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the national and local Junior Achievement offices.

The award was presented to Anderson  at Junior Achievement USAs recent National Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in July. Michelle has been with Junior Achievement of Maine for nine years, and during that time, has held roles as an intern, program coordinator, marketing director, and President. She has helped increase the organization’s student impact nearly 50 percent since assuming the role as president.

“Michelle is an extremely worthy recipient of the MVP Award,” said Junior Achievement Maine Board of Directors’ Chair Dave Vasconcelos of Pro Search, Inc. “She is committed to advancing the Junior Achievement mission through exemplary characteristics, collaboration with team members and volunteers, hard work, and enthusiasm.

“I am so privileged to receive this award voted upon by my peers, but I am even more inspired by the young people Junior Achievement impacts on a daily basis,” said Anderson. “Working for Junior Achievement makes every day rewarding, challenging, and fun.”

About Junior Achievement of Maine 

Junior Achievement of Maine is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to Maine students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work. Last school year, Junior Achievement Maine impacted nearly 15,700 Maine students, in 174 schools, with the help of over 640 volunteers statewide.

 About Junior Achievement USA®

Celebrating its centennial in 2019, Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 106 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Visit ja.org for more information.