10 Things About Pana Hap & Junior Achievement of San Diego County


“Make every effort to change the things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
– Maya Angelou


Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. JA San Diego delivers experiential learning programs to over 30,000 students with the support of over 4,000 volunteers annually. JA programs enable students to make connections between what they learn in school and real-world applications equipping them with the knowledge and tools for economic empowerment and self-sufficiency. Pana Hap serves as the Associate Vice President of Programs & Policy for Junior Achievement.


#1 I was born and raised in San Diego. I spent most of my early years in culturally vibrant City Heights and I now reside in Talmadge just minutes from my childhood home.


#2 Ms. Fern Jones – my 7th grade English and Social Studies teacher – dedicated immense patience and care into helping me increase my reading level from that of a 3rd grader to beyond my grade level. Thank you, Ms. Jones.


#3 I have hypermobility in all of my finger joints.


#4 I love to travel, and my favorite destination thus far would be Barcelona. I would like to visit Portugal, Nepal, and the Scandinavian region in the next few years. A bucket list for me would be to visit all of the national parks in the United States.


#5 Yoga and going camping are my go-to activities to decompress.


#6 I have two tabby cats – Jasper and Bella. Their names are unrelated to the “Twilight” series.


#7 Favorite Books: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Good Earth, and Bless Me, Ultima. My favorite movie is one from my childhood and based off a novel – “The NeverEnding Story.”


#8 It is important to give back to our community because each of us plays a critical role in helping nurture the next generation and building spaces, physical and otherwise, better than before for our youth to thrive. It is our responsibility.


#9 My journey to Junior Achievement was made through connections and strengthened by its commitment to empower young people, many of whom resemble my younger self, to achieve economic success and resilience. I choose to align myself with this cause because numerous youths possess great potential and talents, yet often times require help with accessing the opportunities.


#10 All proceeds from the “Golf Classic” support JA San Diego’s programs including the McGrath Family JA BizTown, Mission Fed JA Finance Park, and JA Fellows in which students build financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship skills.


Junior Achievement of San Diego County
11th Annual JA Golf Classic Tournament
Monday, June 3, 2024
Fairbanks Ranch Country Club

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Esteban Villanueva