Pay It Forward Grant: Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County

The Forward Foundation is proud to award The Pay It Forward Grant to Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County on behalf of Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentor Julius Rivers.

Julius Rivers Mentor - Photograph

Julius donates his time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. This program combines scholarship with mentorship to increase racial equity in the field of engineering by funding students with scholarships and providing them with professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
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The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Mr. Rivers who donate their time as mentors. At the close of the school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from the Forward Foundation and is provided with the opportunity to direct the grant in their name to a public charity or educational institution of their choice.

Junior Achievement Center of Greater Fairfield County (JA) is a 501c3 nonprofit’s goal is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy and has over 100 JA locations across the nation. They are the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to make their own economic success and plan for their futures. Their primary objective is in areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Founded in 1919, its first program, JA Company Program, was offered as an after-school program to high school students. In 1975, they expanded their program to include middle school students. Over the past 4 decades, they are serving in-school and after-school programs. As of 2022, 26,220+ students and 229 schools have been served locally. Mr. Rivers has served as a volunteer for the organization teaching children about entrepreneurship.

The Pay It Forward Grant is funded by The Forward Foundation, which partners with compassionate individuals to support like-minded missions for human equality and domestic empowerment. The Forward Foundation, along with Mr. Rivers, enthusiastically supports Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County and its important mission to provide new generations with the knowledge and education to create successful economic futures.