Energy firms and their suppliers have been built on innovation, hard work and our free enterprise system, benefiting millions of consumers and investors in the process. Yet today's school curriculums devote little or no attention to teaching these cornerstone American principles to our children. That's why Mueller supports Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and are proud to have received the Leadership Circle Award at their recent 75th Annual Business Meeting in Pittsburgh.
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver its curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. In the Western Pennsylvania district alone JA reaches more than 72,000 students with over 3,300 volunteers in 374 schools in 167 districts each year. Nationwide, the organization educated over 4.5 million young people in 2014. Many of America's corporate executives and small business owners trace their success back to the influence of JA in their school years.
Three of our leading clients, Williams, EQT, and XTO are also prominent supporters of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. We encourage you to join us by contacting the chapter in your area. We believe that you and your associates will be glad you did. Every volunteer we talked with at the awards ceremony said their experience was uniquely rewarding and they looked forward to continuing.
In the accompanying photo, two of this year's Junior Achievement scholarship recipients, Margaret Ianachione and Haylee Shomo, receive plaques from JA of Western Pennsylvania President Dennis Guilfoyle and Chairman James Yard.