Jeff Madison, owner of Chick-fil-A in Shawnee, was recently recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” for the Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, OKC Region (JA).

He was selected as the top volunteer from a pool of 811 volunteers from the central Oklahoma area.

Madison was in Junior Achievement when he was in high school and claims the life lessons he learned from that experience has stayed with him throughout his entire life.

“Jeff is one of the most passionate volunteers with whom I have ever had the pleasure to work beside. He goes into the classroom, travels to the city to volunteer with Pottawatomie County students who are attending on-site programs, and recruits many local volunteers to do the same,” said Regional Director Jo Wise. “When the Paul Milburn Charitable Trust awarded Junior Achievement a matching grant to support programs in Pottawatomie County, Jeff was the first to contribute, and introduced me to a large number of local business owners and leaders. I could not have met the full match without his help.”

Last year, 670 Pottawatomie County students received Junior Achievement curriculum on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through 57 local volunteers.

The newest program offered is “JA Finance Park,” which meets all 14 financial literacy mandates for graduation in Oklahoma as stated in HB 1476.

Shawnee High School was selected as one of the first pilot schools to attend two years ago.

Since that time Jeff has assisted Junior Achievement in making arrangements for Tecumseh and Earlsboro to attend. In addition, Jeff was also instrumental in getting Chick-fil-A to provide approximately 4,000 lunches to students who attend Finance Park in Oklahoma City and Tulsa two years in a row.

About Junior Achievement Oklahoma

Junior Achievement inspires Oklahoma K-12 students by bringing the business world to life inside the classroom through memorable, exciting, hands-on learning experiences. Established locally in 1966, JAOK serves more than 59,000 Oklahoma students in 68 school districts and 292 schools. Junior Achievement utilizes more than 4,100 dedicated members of the community to implement their programs. To learn more about how you can support Junior Achievement of Oklahoma or to volunteer in a classroom, visit www.jaok.org or call 405.235.3399.