Junior Achievement of North Louisiana announces 2022 Laureates

Junior Achievement of North Louisiana has announced its Laureates who will be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

Each year, Junior Achievement of North Louisiana recognizes exceptional business leaders in our community to be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. The 2022 JA Laureates inductees serve as mentors to our young people and pledge their support of JA’s mission; to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy and share in our vision to help create a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. They too believe in the boundless potential of young people, the power of partnership, and that every student deserves the exposure to educational programs that support upward economic mobility!

As a participant in this Junior Achievement mission focused event, our 2022 JA Laureates invite their peers to join them along with JA’s past recipients in helping to raise funds to support Junior Achievement’s 2022-23 classroom programs in Financial Literacy, Career Readiness, and Entrepreneurship.

The 2022 JA Laureates will be announced at the Junior Achievement Laureate Announcement and Luncheon on May 18th, and will be inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame on October 20, 2022. The event will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center, located at 400 Caddo Street. 

Junior Achievement Laureates are not only exceptional in the business world, but have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement and investment in our community. JA of North Louisiana is honored to have their support and to recognize them for their outstanding contributions to our community. They are Lennis S. Elston, Retired CPA, Manager of Family Interest, Robert G. Pou, President of the Romph Pou Agency, and Graham A. Walker, President and CEO of Fibrebond.

Participation in Junior Achievement programs give young people the knowledge and skills they need to make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement trains community volunteers to deliver JA’s proven, hands-on programming in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education. Because JA programs make a connection between what students learn in school and how it can be applied in their lives, JA students have an increased understanding of the importance of staying in school.  JA programs help create upward economic mobility for students, decrease generational poverty, and contributes to the vitality of our community.


JA reinforces the value of an education. Evaluations conducted by an independent research firm showed that an average of eight out of 10 high school students reported that JA programs helped reinforce the importance of staying in school. In longitudinal studies, JA students were significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they would graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and graduate from college.

Ninety-five percent of teachers report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world

Ninety-six percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Our vision is a world in which…young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.

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