Accenture Grants Junior Achievement US$1.1M To Support Work Readiness Program For High School Students Across the U.S.

Accenture Grants Junior Achievement US$1.1M To Support Work Readiness Program
                   For High School Students Across the U.S.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Junior
Achievement USA (JA) today announced Accenture has awarded Junior Achievement
with a grant of US$1.1 million to develop a new work readiness program that
will enable high school students across the United States to gain the skills
necessary to secure employment and build a successful long-term career. During
its first year of implementation, the program is expected to reach
approximately 85,000 students.

The award, which consists of cash as well as the time and skills of Accenture
employees, reflects Accenture's corporate citizenship initiative,Skills to
Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the
skills to get a job or build a business. The new curriculum will combine
career exploration and work readiness skills through hands on, interactive
program activities including a new technology platform to more effectively
reach students in both the classroom and remotely.

"Students who participate in this program will gain vital career and life
skills, including problem solving, critical thinking and conflict management,"
said Michael Scimo, North American human capital and diversity lead,
Accenture. "We share Junior Achievement's commitment to educating young
people and giving them the skills to connect to the workforce in a meaningful
way."

"As our country looks for ways to drive economic growth, ensuring that our
young people are well-prepared to succeed in the workforce becomes
increasingly important," said Jack E. Kosakowski, Junior Achievement USA's
president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to providing this new
curriculum to students, and are grateful for Accenture's support."

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 259,000 people serving clients in more
than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive
research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with
clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.
Through its Skills to Succeedcorporate citizenship focus, Accenture is
committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills
to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of
US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
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. JA
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, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than
120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students
served by operations in 119 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for
more information.

SOURCE Junior Achievement

Website: http://www.ja.org
Contact: Stephanie Bell, Junior Achievement USA®, +1-719-540-6171,
sbell@ja.org, @JA_USA; or Kate Shenk, Accenture, +1-917-452-3784,
kate.shenk@accenture.com, @Accenture