ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 16, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation today announced the extension of its partnership with Junior Achievement of New Mexico Inc., with a $10,000 donation to help students learn about free enterprise and sound financial principles.
JANM aims to provide an economic education to kindergarten through 12th-grade students and addresses challenges that confront Hispanic students and their families.
“The free enterprise system is central to the American way of life. It’s crucial that students learn sound financial principles early,” said Loretta A. Armenta, Qwest New Mexico president. “I’m proud that the Qwest Foundation is part of the team that is bringing this outstanding educational opportunity to students.”  
“This funding from the Qwest Foundation will allow us to continue providing more Hispanic youth with hands-on programs and culturally relevant lesson enhancements,” said Kevin R. Hattery, president of JANM. “Junior Achievement’s Hispanic initiative is a financial literacy program that provides Hispanic students with an understanding of the relevancy of education to their future quality of life.”
Among the programs of JANM is Afterschool, which uses a variety of Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through 12th-grade business, economic and entrepreneurship programs to create rich, engaging after-school experiences for young people in communities across New Mexico. Implementing JA programs in after-school settings allows for valuable educational experiences to take place in safe environments for kids when they are outside of school.

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