Vote for JA to Win Office Furniture

Office furniture is a valuable holiday gift! Thanks to National Business Furniture, Junior Achievement is 1 of 5 organizations with a chance to win $3,000 in office furniture. Please vote for Junior Achievement today through December 20 in the #MerryMakeover contest. Vote for #JA here: https://www.nationalbusinessfurniture.com/blog/its-a-merry-makeover

Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors

Are you a high school senior?

Have you participated in Junior Achievement?

If yes, you qualify for a scholarship opportunity through Babson College valued at $20,000!

Additional application information can be found here.

JA Scholarship Winners Announced

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin today announced winners of the 2017-2018 scholarships. Winners were selected based upon criteria of the specific fund awarded and include accomplishments in areas such as academics, leadership, business, and community service or participation in Junior Achievement programs. Over $25,000 in scholarships were awarded to students in Wisconsin this year to help reduce college debt and inspire entrepreneurial spirit and career preparation. These scholarships continue Junior Achievement's mission of giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.
 
17-18 Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Scholarship Recipients:
 
HELENTBECHTHOLD FUND Recipients
High School Student Molly Brinkhoff of Appleton – $1,000 
High School Student Anna Dresang of Appleton – $1,000 
High School Student Zachary Engen of Eau Claire – $1,000 
High School Student Mariah Hoepner of Altoona – $1,000 
High School Student Olivia Lang of Altoona – $1,000 
High School Student Chao Lee of Milwaukee – $1,000 
High School Student Hannah Matysiak of Beloit – $1,000 
High School Student Cameron Popoutsis of West Salem – $1,000
High School Student Josie Seelen of Eau Claire – 1,000 
High School Student Katelyn Smith of New Berlin – $1,000 
College Student Allison Raddant of Shawano – $1,000 
High School Student Pang Vang of Milwaukee – $1,000
High School Student Robert Xiong of Milwaukee – $1,000
Friend of JA FUND Recipients
High School Student Laney Hughes of Weston – $3,000
High School Student Taylor Paschen of Combined Locks – $4,500
High School Student Christina Wenman of Mosinee – $4,500
   
Maria Schreyer Scholarship Fund Recipients
College Student Dalicia Simpson of Milwaukee – $1,000
For more information about Junior Achievement of Wisconsin scholarships, visit the scholarships page of their website.
 

Your votes helped JA receive a $5,000 donation from Briggs & Stratton

UPDATE August 2018:
Thanks to all of you and your votes, Junior Achievement won the $5,000 donation from Briggs & Stratton! This donation will help many local students prepare for their economic success!
 
Original article:
To celebrate 110 years in business and an equally long history of commitment to the Milwaukee community, Briggs & Stratton has a call-to-action for the public during Summerfest 2018: Help Us Help Others. 
 
From June 27 through July 8, Summerfest attendees visiting the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage will see a video highlighting the Company’s involvement in the Milwaukee community and will have the opportunity to vote for one of four local nonprofit organizations to win a $5,000 donation. By texting briggshelps to 33988, fest-goers will receive a link to vote for one of the following featured organizations:
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
United Performing Arts Fund
 
Voters do not need to be at Summerfest to enter their vote. 
 
“There are so many truly impactful nonprofit organizations within the Milwaukee community – many of which Briggs & Stratton supports; however, the featured four closely align with our areas of focus and we’re happy to rally the community around their efforts,” says Rick Carpenter, vice president of corporate marketing at Briggs & Stratton. “While only one organization will receive this donation, we’ll continue to provide support to them all in other ways throughout the year.” 
 
The organization with the most votes on July 8 at 11:59 p.m. will be the recipient of the donation from Briggs & Stratton and will be announced on the Company’s Facebook page on July 9.  
 
HOW TO VOTE FOR JA:
You do NOT need to be at Summerfest to vote. Wherever you are this week, you can support JA. You can vote every 24 hours through July 8. There are 2 ways to vote:
 
VIA TEXT
1. Text briggshelps to the number 33988
2. A link quickly will be sent to your phone
3. Click the link, choose Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and hit the submit button
 
ONLINE
2. Scroll down and click "Vote Now"
3. Choose Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and hit the submit button
 
Thank you for your vote and thank you to Briggs & Stratton for this wonderful gift to the community.
 
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washer, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®,  Ferris®, Vanguard™, Allmand®, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.
 

1/3 of College Freshmen Have Less than $1,000 in College Savings; Neither High School nor College Students are Prepared to Manage Cost of College

New Study from Junior Achievement and Citizens Bank Shows College Freshmen are Not Much More Prepared to Pay for College than their High School Peers

 

According to a new survey conducted on behalf of Junior Achievement USA and Rhode Island-based Citizens Bank, a troubling majority of high school juniors (52%), high school seniors (39%) and college freshman (34%) say they are unprepared for managing and paying for the cost of college.

The research also reveals why college-bound and college-age teenagers likely feel ill-prepared. The number of teens with less than $1,000 in their college savings accounts is staggering – 39% of juniors, 30% of seniors, and 29% of college freshmen. Well over half of each class agrees they have not done enough research on how to pay for college. And, a large majority of each class has either never spoken to their parents or only spoken to their parents once about paying for and managing the cost of college.

It’s no wonder that kids feel vulnerable,” said Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “As a community, we are not doing enough to educate young people to make smart, sound decisions so they are confident and secure in the choices they make that impact their lives so dramatically.”

Other troublesome data from the survey reveals teens have a lack of awareness of the actual cost of a college education. When juniors and seniors in high school and college freshmen were asked their thoughts on the costs of a variety of college options, the majority responded with “I don’t know.” Most teens also admit to not doing enough research on how to pay for college, with some expecting to borrow more than $18,000 to pay for their first year of college.

 “It’s clear that more needs to be done to help equip students with the tools necessary to minimize student debt and help students make more informed decisions on what loan is best for them,” said Brendan Coughlin, president of consumer deposits and lending at Citizens Bank.  “We’re helping our young people understand how to make smart financial decisions so they can pursue their studies and begin their careers after college on sound financial footing.”

There is some light at the end of this confusing tunnel. The majority of teens agree that a college degree is worth the cost and have applied or will apply to college.

“Kids today are intelligent. They know that a college degree is a good pathway to future success, yet simply need more help understanding the implications of their decision making. It absolutely takes a village to help ensure teens can accomplish what they hope to in life,” said Frohna.

In fact, the survey showed that besides their parents, many teens get financial information about paying for college from at least eight other sources: teachers or guidance counselors; college websites or brochures; family members; friends; college fairs; social media; financial websites or blogs; and banks and other financial institutions.

And, for those students who plan to go to college (87% of juniors and 90% of seniors), most expect a combination of options to pay for their education. Among the sources cited are scholarships and grants, money earned while in school or during the summer, savings, and student loans (either federal or private).

The more people understand about budgeting, savings and borrowing, the more likely they are to improve their financial well-being.  Through its Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program, Citizens Bank creates partnerships with nonprofit organizations, like Junior Achievement, to give individuals and families financial knowledge and give them confidence in their ability to successfully manage their money.  The programs funded through Citizens Bank’s initiative will enable more than 350,000 people in 2018 to improve their financial acumen.

For more details on the 2018 JA College Preparedness Survey, read the summary here.

Methodological Notes:

The Junior Achievement / Citizens Bank | Citizens One College Savings Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 500 U.S. high school juniors, 500 U.S. high school seniors and 500 U.S. college freshmen, between March 22 and March 30, 2018, using an email invitation and an online survey. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points for each audience, from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the samples.

 

About Junior Achievement

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 in schools or through after-school events 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. Last year 158,622 students in Wisconsin participated in Junior Achievement programs. 

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $153.5 billion in assets as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,300 ATMs and approximately 1,150 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products, and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

New JA Champions of Business Inspiration Plaza Opens in Wausau

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin – Northcentral District announces the new Champions of Business Inspiration Plaza in Wausau. A dedication was held on April 25 at the plaza with a presentation from Jack Kosakowski, Junior Achievement USA President & CEO, and a proclamation from the City of Wausau Mayor. The unique and inspiring display honors the Wausau area’s most distinguished business leaders of the past and is located at the entrance to Barker's Island on the riverlife walkway, just south of WOW restaurant and entertainment center. This display was inspired by Junior Achievement's Champions of Business event which celebrates their 10th year May 10 at the City Grill in Wausau from 5-9:30 pm. 
 
The intent of this plaza is to create an interpretive display that will tell the story of these champions.  As a centerpiece, we will help tell the story of Wausau’s first businesses, Barker-Stewart Mill, constructed on Barker Island by prominent lumber barons C.C. Stewart and Hiram Stewart. The Champions of Business Inspiration Plaza will become an excellent spot for showcasing Wausau’s economic vitality to relocating companies and prospective employees considering a move to the area as well as to current residents who can reminisce and reflect upon past business experiences with their children and grandchildren. 
 
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization with strong community support that helps teach area students about business and our economy as well as the value of entrepreneurship. The Champions of Business program highlights the values, hard work and successful management strategies of the area’s most accomplished business leaders. To maintain a strong, historic perspective to this program, JA will only honor business leaders who no longer are involved in their business, but have clearly demonstrated a strong track record of economic success and community support. We encourage students and others in the community to visit the Champions of Business website, championsofbusiness.org, to find out more about these champions and the attractive Wausau area economic environment that has nurtured so many leaders and successful businesses in the past.  Our goal is to inspire our young people to remain in or return to our area to start businesses of their own or work for currently thriving businesses.

Junior Achievement Volunteer Receives Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the WPS Volunteer Awards

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Junior Achievement of Brown County volunteer Lori Cuene was awarded the 2018 Morgan Stanley Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual WPS Volunteer Awards at the KI Center in Green Bay. Among nearly 1,000 attendees including Mayor Jim Schmidt, Senator Herb Kohl, Representative Eric Genrich, emcees Erin Davisson and Tom Zalaski of WFRV-TV Local 5 and an immense amount of area businesses and impactful volunteers, Lori received recognition for her lifetime commitment to a vast amount of nonprofit organizations in the community, including Junior Achievement. 
 
Junior Achievement nominated Lori for this prestigious award because she has truly made an impact on so many people, including our students in the Brown County area schools. After her time in one classroom, a student told Lori that because of her he came to believe that everybody can do something to help the community if they are willing to try. Perhaps without even knowing it, this young man described Lori Cuene perfectly.
 
Lori was very humbled to be nominated for this award and feels it was her calling in life to help others. Lori believes, “It is not what we do, but who we are when no one else is watching." Through Lori's life challenges she has discovered that she is blessed and feels, "We are not here to take; we are here to share what we have been given and to be a part of a community."  She will have yet another opportunity to share as this award provides Lori with a $1,000 gift to share with the nonprofit of her choice.
 
During her time as a Leadership Green Bay participant, Lori gained a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our community, and saw it as her responsibility to take on those challenges and help find creative solutions to them. Her reach expands beyond Junior Achievement, as she also dedicates her time to Destination Imagination; Mosaic Arts, Inc.; On Broadway; Downtown Green Bay, Inc.; Freedom House; the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; Girls on the Run; JOSHUA; Young Life; NAMI; and the Brown County Coalition for Prevention of Suicide. Not to mention her past commitments to The Light Walk in Green Bay, Girl Scouts and the school PTO.
 
She is extremely passionate about empowering and inspiring students.  As she says, “Every single Junior Achievement class, every single unit is an opportunity to change a life in some small way. Each session is part of a conversation that encourages kids to take responsibility for their lives.”  She wants them to become more aware of their choices, possibilities and opportunities that will equip them today and into their futures. As a community, Lori feels we can teach our students a healthy relationship with money and their futures.      
 
In the last eight years, Lori has volunteered in 30 classrooms with Junior Achievement mentoring countless students on financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. Motivated and engaging, Lori is willing to serve whenever and wherever she is needed. Through the Junior Achievement curriculum, Lori inspires her students to think about their financial futures and to believe that they will be successful. But, perhaps more importantly, she inspires them to lead. By making each student feel as though they are her top priority, Lori adeptly teaches the students to have a healthy relationship with money, themselves, and with those around them. 
 
Lori has a rich history of volunteering in the community, and the spirit of volunteerism is something she learned from her parents and grandparents. Today, Lori similarly models the importance of giving back to her two daughters, often making volunteering a family affair. She has taught not only her girls, but also the many students she has worked with over the years, that they have a responsibility to the community and to one another. We can all feel confident that the next generation of engaged citizens will continue to be active in their communities, thanks to Lori Cuene. Congratulations, Lori, and thank you for all you do!
 
You can view more photos of Lori at the WPS Volunteer Awards on the Junior Achievement of Brown County Facebook page.
 
 

MARATHON COUNTY STUDENT NAMED “2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR”

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and EY have awarded Marathon County native Charles Rose with the “2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” for his asphalt maintenance service company, Action Asphalt Maintenance, that he started at age 15 after purchasing a starter seal coat unit that launched the company. He will be recognized at JA’s Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 19 at The Pfister Hotel and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. This is the second consecutive year a Marathon County student has received the top honor for this statewide award.
 
The recipient of the Young Entrepreneur award, presented by EY, is selected from a joint committee from JA and DPI who evaluate each candidate on the following criteria: business success, growth potential, social involvement, ability to overcome challenges, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity and leadership.
 
"Along with EY and DPI, Junior Achievement is honored to recognize Charles Rose as this year's ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year,’" said Michael Frohna, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. "Charles not only represents excellence in entrepreneurship, but he is a role model for all young people to further pursue and grow their passions."
 
“Congratulations to Charles Rose, this year’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year," State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “Thanks to our work with Junior Achievement, we have an opportunity to celebrate the success of students like Charles. I want to thank Junior Achievement for their continued recognition of Wisconsin's schools."
 
Rose’s passion for his business and commitment to innovation set him apart from other applicants for the “2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” 
 
Rose is innately focused on customer satisfaction and the prospects that will make him successful in the future, not just his accomplishments of the past. His business is poised to see great growth in 2018. Rose has been able to hire two part-time employees, receive larger projects, add to his fleet and expand through marketing. Perhaps, though, Rose’s greatest contributions are the ones he makes to the community by sponsoring the Granite Peak Ski Team Casino Night and the 2017 Paige Bootz Memorial Golf Tournament. Charles has also donated paint to the area’s local race track, State Park Speedway.
 
Don’t expect Charles Rose to slow down anytime soon. With each season, he plans to update and add new equipment, and grow his personal skills, skills that he will pass along to a growing team as he looks to create additional jobs. To Charles, success is only one aspect of this company. Seeing growth and enhancement for the community and the customer gives him the drive to keep growing.

 

About The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm EY, LLP. As the first award of its kind, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 140 cities and 50 countries.
 
About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.
 
About the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is advancing education reforms to ensure every child graduates ready for further education and the workplace. http://dpi.wi.gov 
 
About Junior Achievement of Wisconsin 
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.  The organization prepares young people for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 168,000 students in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and learn the value of contributing to their communities. 
Thousands of students across the state, through programs like JA Be Entrepreneurial, are introduced to the essential components of a practical business plan and challenged to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. 

JA financial education program piloted at Sauk Prairie Middle School

 

Junior Achievement Economics for Success

Students at Sauk Prairie Middle School learned about the concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through a pilot program lead by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin of Rock County called JA Economics for Success.
 
The program was taught by volunteers from Quartz of Sauk City who partnered with middle school seventh grade computer and technology classes.
 
 
 
 

Milwaukee-Area Students Put Their Entrepreneurship Skills to the Test at Junior Achievement’s 29th Annual JA Business Challenge

Nearly 100 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in the metro-Milwaukee area competed in Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge presented by Kohl’s Cares and hosted at Briggs & Stratton Corporation on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  
 
Student teams from Greenfield High School, the top teams at the end of the day-long competition, earned scholarships and prizes, and will advance to compete in the Wisconsin JA Business Challenge on May 3rd.
 
"The Junior Achievement Business Challenge provides a great opportunity for high school students to work as a team with their classmates, along with a local business professional volunteer, to gain the business acumen and leadership skills they will need to successfully participate in twenty-first century workplaces,” said Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
 
A total of 32 teams from 18 area high schools tested their knowledge at making a fictional product and running a virtual business through a hands-on computer simulated business strategy tournament using JA Titan. Each team made their own business decisions regarding price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development.  The success or failure of the company depended on how well the students manage these key decisions.
 
Additionally, students learned how business decisions are made, the importance of education and work experience, and the valuable skills needed to succeed from guest speakers from Kohl’s Department Stores, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Matt Bartel, CEO& Founder, Digital Measures.
 
The following are the final results from the day-long competition:
 
JA Metro Milwaukee Business Challenge Team Champion and $750 Scholarship Winner:
Greenfield High School (Advance to Statewide Business Challenge in Sheboygan, May 3rd)
 
2nd and 3rd place grand prize winners:
2nd – Greenfield High School (Advance to Statewide Business Challenge in Sheboygan, May 3rd)
3rd – Grafton High School
 
Honorable Mentions:
Menomonee Falls High School
Ozaukee High School
South Milwaukee High School
 

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Named KTEC 2018 Distinguished Partner Award

Junior Achievement (JA) will be presented with KTEC’s 2018 Distinguished Partner Award at the annual Fit for Growth Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for their outstanding dedication to education and support of KTEC. The Distinguished Partner award is a traditional part of KTEC’s Fit for Growth Gala. It recognizes the community partners who have invested their time, resources, and expertise to provide KTEC students with hands-on, real-world experiences.

“The Junior Achievement lessons have provided our students with valuable knowledge about financial literacy and entrepreneurship. JA supplies all of the materials, lesson plans, and most importantly, brings in volunteers from community businesses to teach the students. It gives our students a real-world connection that links the classroom to their lives.” ~ Dr. Angela Andersson, KTEC Principal

“Junior Achievement is proud to partner with dynamic schools like KTEC, adding value to the students’ education and inspiring them. Students who are better prepared to find a career that fits them, manage money, and know about the opportunity to start their own business one day are the future of a stronger Kenosha and Wisconsin.” ~ Nick Lyons, Junior Achievement Director

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement (JA) prepares students for a global economy. By recruiting and training volunteers to deliver prepared curriculum, JA inspires K-12 students to identify a career that fits them, how to manage money, and consider starting a business one day. Junior Achievement will provide programs to more than 5,000 students in Racine and Kenosha Counties this school year.

About Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum
KTEC is a 4K-8 school that engages all students in an innovative learning environment, preparing students for success in a global society through academic excellence by the use of 21st Century skills and technology integration. About the Fit for Growth Gala The Fit for Growth Gala funds KTEC’s facilities upkeep, professional development, and technology purchases. The 2018 Gala is Saturday, April 14th. Details can be found at ktec.kusd.edu.

Scholarships for High School Students

At Junior Achievement, we want to help young people finance their education. Here are some JA and local partners' scholarship opportunities for 2018.

 

KPMG Scholarship for High School Girls

Scholarships for Wisconsin high school students

The Office of Condoleezza Rice is accepting applications through January 31, 2018 for the KPMG Future Leaders Program Class of 2018. They will select deserving high school female seniors from around the country to participate in the program and receive a college scholarship, attend a leadership retreat, be paired with a year-long mentor, and have an introduction to golf.

The program is funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. View the 2017 recap video and find the 2018 application document and program snapshot online. 

 

Voya Financial Signature Scholarship Program

As a Voya Foundation partner, Junior Achievement USA is spreading the word about the 2018 Voya Financial Signature Scholarship Program. Voya Scholars provides scholarships for students interested in business or finance degrees and who are currently working toward or ready to pursue an academic degree or financial certification. Included are both scholarship and mentoring awards. Upon receipt of a scholarship, scholars become eligible for a variety of opportunities provided by Voya Financial and its employees including: networking, mentorship, resume help and interview prep, and internship and hiring opportunities. Applications must be in by February 1, 2018. Application information available here.
 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

EY, Junior Achievement and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like to give recognition to an individual from 5th grade through 12th grade that is making their mark on our free enterprise system by turning a business idea into a reality; an individual who applied the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated business knowledge to realize an actual operating business. 
 
One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000. Winner also will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 19, 2018 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. All finalists will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Tony Evers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Finalist videos will be promoted and shown on the JA of Wisconsin You Tube Channel. Additionally, the winning applicant will be featured on the DPI You Tube Channel. Completed application must be received by February 23, 2018. Application information available here.

Local JA Business Challenge Events to Compete for Scholarships

 
Junior Achievement Business Challenge is a one-day event where high school students from around the area compete for scholarships. Using an online simulator, JA Titan, this exciting business strategy tournament puts the student's business knowledge to the test. "Companies" of two students, each mentored by one business representative, compete against one another to manufacture and market a product. Teams are challenged to outperform their competition in terms of profit, sales, and market share. JA Business Challenge is a powerful learning experience, where students experience real-world application of business concepts. 
 
2018 Junior Achievement Business Challenge events in Wisconsin:
 
Northcentral District Business Challenge - February 8 in Wausau. Registration information
 
Brown County Business Challenge - February 9 at NWTC in Green Bay. Registration information
 
Rock County Area Business Challenge - February 9 in Janesville. Contact info to register
 
Dane County Business Challenge - February 14 in Madison. Contact info to register
 
Wolf River Business Challenge - February 21 at NWTC in Shawano. Registration information
 
Racine & Kenosha County Business Challenge - February 22 at SCI iMet on Gateway Technical College's campus in Sturtevant. Registration information
 
Metro Business Challenge - February 22 in Milwaukee. Registration information
 
Northwest District Business Challenge - March 2 at Chippewa Valley Tech College in Eau Claire. Registration information
 
East Central District Business Challenge - March 10 at Acuity in Sheboygan. Registration information
 
Winnebago Business Challenge - March 21 at UW-Oshkosh. Registration information
 
Select Local Area Business Challenge Attendees also will be invited to the Wisconsin Statewide Business Challenge held on May 3, 2018 in Milwaukee for another chance to win scholarships.

 

Vernon J. Hellenbrand Memorial Scholarship for Dane County Students

 
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Vernon J. Hellenbrand Scholarship. This annual award is given to two deserving applicants who are seniors in high school anywhere in Dane County in Wisconsin. Applicants must be eligible for admission to an accredited technical school, college or university where they will pursue coursework toward an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in business, finance or entrepreneurship.  Each scholarship winner will receive $1,000, payable over two consecutive semesters of post-secondary enrollment. Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2018. Application info available here.
 

Scholarships for Junior Achievement High School Students & College Student who are JA Volunteers

 
JA of Wisconsin offers nearly $30,000 in scholarships for students in the state of Wisconsin. These scholarships, provided by the Dee Dee Pellegrin Scholarship Fund and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, are awarded to students every year to help them achieve their goal of a college education. Scholarships are available to high school students who have JA programs or to college students or high school students who volunteer for JA in the classroom. Scholarships are renewable but must be applied for each year. Submission deadline for applications is April 3, 2018Application information available here.
 

Junior Achievement Michael E. Batten Memorial Scholarship for Racine County Students

 
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Michael E. Batten Memorial Scholarship. This annual award is offered to the most deserving applicants who are seniors in high school anywhere in Racine County in Wisconsin. Each will receive $1,000 toward any education beyond high school in the form of a scholarship. Submission deadline for applications is December 31, 2018. Application information available here.

Brandon Williams, Author of Millionaire Mindset, Joins Junior Achievement of Wisconsin in Dane County Board of Directors

Brandon Williams Millionaire MindsetJunior Achievement of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Williams to its Dane County Board of Directors.

Brandon is a success coach, entrepreneur and author of the book Millionaire Mindset: 7 Principles Athletes Need for Financial Freedom. Earning an athletic scholarship, Brandon attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his B.S. in Communication and Entrepreneurship.

Following college, Brandon played in the NFL until 2010, at which time he faced life-changing financial hardships. From this experience Brandon discovered his passion in helping others find financial freedom and until recently, worked in the finance sector. First joining Junior Achievement as a volunteer in St. Louis, Brandon continues to volunteer with Junior Achievement in the Madison area. Offering an experienced background and passion for financial freedom, Brandon will be a great asset in advancing the Junior Achievement mission of empowering young people to own their economic future.

Milwaukee and Junior Achievement Featured in Dee-1's Knowledge for College Tour Recap Video

This fall hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Milwaukee for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for students at James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Kohl's Education Center and was joined by representatives from Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and leadership from Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement. 

Check out this video where Dee-1 recaps his tour - including Milwaukee!

Read full article here

Governor Scott Walker Signs Bill for School Boards to Adopt Financial Literacy Curriculum

Governor Scott Walker Signs Financial Literacy Bill
Photo credit: Governor’s Council of Financial Literacy
 
As teachers and students in Wisconsin are about to break for the holiday session, a bill was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker to initiate financial literacy in schools. Assembly Bill 280 directs each school board to adopt academic standards for financial literacy and incorporate instruction in financial literacy into the curriculum in grades K to 12. Authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R—Delafield) and Representative Scott Krug (R—Nekoosa), the bill passed the Senate on a voice vote and was concurred by the Assembly on a voice vote. It is Act 94.
 
Nonprofit organization Junior Achievement of Wisconsin was represented at the Capitol during this legislation process. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has been providing financial literacy education as well as career preparation and entrepreneurship curriculum in the school systems through volunteer-delivered programs for 76 years. 
 
Roxanne Van Loon, Director of Dane and Rock County Districts at Junior Achievement of Wisconsin said, “No matter what path young people choose, they will eventually need to manage their own finances. Helping our young people make educated financial decisions early on will impact their lives forever.” 
 
Junior Achievement provides school districts with financial literacy curriculum that includes content such as: managing debit and credit cards, spending money wisely through budgeting, saving and investing money; and protecting one's personal finances. Van Loon added, “Junior Achievement will continue to support schools in providing this important financial education to Wisconsin students.”

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Board of Directors Named

Nominees for the Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Board of Directors were named and voted on at this year's Annual Meeting. These community members and business professionals will provide strategic guidance on the vision, mission and goals of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
 
These following individuals were elected to a three-year term, running through 2020:
 
Carl Brown
Red Brown Kle Marketing Communications
 
Darienne Driver
Milwaukee Public Schools
 
Susan Fronk
MRA-The Management Association
 
Jennifer Green
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
 
Paul J. Jones
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
 
Kara L. Kaiser
BMO Harris Bank
 
Tom Kissinger
The Marcus Corporation 
 
Dennis J. Krakau
Wintrust Commerical Banking
 
Bruce G. Lanser
UBS Institutional Consulting
 
Daniel F. McKeithan
Tamarack Petroleum Co., Inc.
 
Barry McNulty
We Energies
 
Douglas J. O'Connor
RSM
 
Jay O. Rothman
Foley & Lardner LLP
 
Nancy J. Sennett
Foley & Lardner LLP
 
Michael S. Sheppard
Principal Financial Group
 
Arthur Smith
Farmers Insurance & Keystone Travel Services
 
John Splude
 
Paul Steffen
 
Todd J. Teske
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
 
Jennifer L. Wolff
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
 
The following persons were voted to a one-year term, running through the 2018 Annual Meeting: 
 
Lorraine Avery
Portage & Wood Counties District Chair
 
Betty Bergquist
American Family Insurance Group
Dane County District Chair
 
Leif Christianson
Peoples State Bank
Northcentral District Chair 
 
Steven Donovan
Community State Bank
Racine & Kenosha Counties District Chair
 
Linda Feirn
Wipfli LLP
Northwest District Chair 
 
Jon Grosshuesch
Oostburg State Bank
East Central District Chair
 
Sean Knott
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
Rock County District Chair 
 
Marty Monfils
Walmart
Wolf River District Chair
 
Laura Nelson
Peterson, Berk & Cross
Brown County District Vice Chair 
 
Chris Walters
DBS Group, LLC
Coulee Region District Chair 
 
Scott Weber
Plexus
Winnebago Region District Chair
 
The following people were proposed for election to the Emeritus Board of Directors:
Diane Pellegrin, Tom Spero and Richard Teerlink.
 

JA Recognizes Community Supporters

Thank you JA supporters

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin recognizes the following community supporters that have contributed more than $15,000 this past school year to empower area students.

Thank you to these businesses and many other individuals, foundations and companies across the state who support JA.

Accenture

ACUITY

ADAMM - Automobile Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee

Alliant Energy Foundation

Associated Banc-Corp

B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation

BMO Harris Bank

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Charter Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Chase

CLA Foundation

Culver's VIP Foundation, Inc.

Dudley Foundation, Inc.

Educators Credit Union

EY

FIS

GE Healthcare

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Heartland Advisors, Inc.

J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc.

J.W. Speaker Corporation

Janesville Sand and Gravel

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Journal Communications

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

Junior Achievement Women's Association

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Kohl's Cares

Komatsu Mining Corp

Koss Corporation

Kwik Trip, Inc.

M&I Foundation, Inc.

ManpowerGroup

McDonald's Restaurants

Meijer

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

Nicholas Family Foundation

Northwestern Mutual

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust

Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Pieper Electric, Inc.

Rite Hite Corporation

Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Rockwell Automation

RSM US Foundation

Russ Darrow Group, Inc.

S.C. Johnson - A Family Company

Sargento Foods, Inc.

Schenck SC

Schneider National Foundation

State Farm Insurance

The George Kress Foundation, Inc.

The Marcus Corporation

Twin Disc, Inc.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Venture, Inc.

United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley

Vollrath Company

We Energies

Wells Fargo

Thank you JA supporters

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Recognizes Volunteers

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin thanks the nearly 9,000 JA volunteers who gave of their time and talent to students this past school year. Thank you to the following organizations and all of our dedicated parents, retirees, military personnel, community advocates, small business owners, and company employees.

DIAMOND Level (150 or more volunteers or classes taught) Associated Banc-Corp
BMO Harris Bank
FIS
GE Healthcare  
Milwaukee Public Schools  
Rockwell Automation
 
EMERALD Level (100-149 volunteers or classes taught) 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
Johnson Controls
Kohl's Cares
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
 
RUBY Level (50-99 volunteers or classes taught) 
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Aurora Advanced Health Care 
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Carroll University
Deloitte Consulting
Direct Supply, Inc.
Educators Credit Union
Fox Valley Technical College
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Humana Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Royal Credit Union
Schneider National Inc.
Target
Thrivent Financial
U.S. Bank
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
 
SAPPHIRE Level (35-49 volunteers or classes taught) 
Chase
EY
First Bank Financial Centre
Grant Thornton, LLP
Greenheck Fan Corporation
Komatsu Mining Corp
ManpowerGroup
MillerCoors
Oshkosh Area School District
Oshkosh Corporation
Peoples State Bank
S.C. Johnson - A Family Company
UnitedHealthcare Group
Visu-Sewer Inc.
Walmart
Wells Fargo
West Bend School District
WESTconsin Credit Union

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring College Planning Events to Milwaukee

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” Visits James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to Educate Students and Hand Out Scholarships from Sallie Mae
 
Dee-1 visits Junior AchievementMILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Former teacher turned hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Milwaukee today for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for students at James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Kohl's Education Center and was joined by representatives from Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and leadership from Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement.
 
“Going to college doesn't change your life; graduating from college changes your life,” said Dee-1. “It all starts with a good game plan, and that’s why we’re here today. Our young people need the tools and resources to get on the right track not only to go to college, but also to complete college. The good news is there are free tools and resources out there that can help.”
 
Born David Augustine, Dee-1 graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his visit to Milwaukee, the rapper and motivational speaker addressed more than 700 high school juniors and seniors, discussing his transformation from middle school math teacher to hip-hop artist and his college experience. Students then joined him on stage as he performed his viral hit song, “Sallie Mae Back,” in which he celebrates repaying his student loans.
 
“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” is part of a broader effort between Sallie Mae and the state of Wisconsin to prepare students for college. Last year, DFI launched “Look Forward to Your Future,” which provides resources about career and college readiness for students, parents, and educators.
 
“Dee-1 brings a powerful message to students about the importance of a college education,” DFI Secretary Jay Risch said. “His efforts in many ways dovetail with the work of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy, our ‘Look Forward’ college affordability initiative, and the great work of Governor Walker’s Council on Financial Literacy. I’d like to thank Sallie Mae and Dee-1 for bringing their ‘Knowledge for College Tour’ to Wisconsin.”
 
At both stops in Milwaukee, Sallie Mae provided a $5,000 scholarship to a student in the audience. In addition, the company donated $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to support statewide literacy efforts.
 
“Paying for college is often considered the second largest expense of a lifetime for many people. It is vital that today’s students have the knowledge and skills they need to make wise financial decisions, minimize educational debt, and set themselves on a path to economic success, said Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “At JA, we are helping more than 158,000 Wisconsin students successfully navigate their economic futures. Junior Achievement is proud to partner with Sallie Mae and Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions to host Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour at the JA Kohl’s Education Center.”
 
"Thank you to Dee-1 and Sallie Mae for taking the time to engage with our students," said Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent Darienne Driver. "It is incredibly valuable to have someone that our students can relate to talk about the importance of being prepared for their life after high school. Our young men and women heard a vital message today that will help them better understand the financial supports available to make their dreams come true."
 
Milwaukee is one of six stops on “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour.” During tour stops last week in Cleveland and Indianapolis, and this week in Atlanta, Dee-1 interacted with and performed for more than 3,000 students. After leaving Milwaukee, the tour will head to Philadelphia before wrapping up in Houston.
 
“Dee-1’s a terrific ambassador, taking what can be an overwhelming topic like planning and paying for college and distilling it into real and relevant advice that connects the dots for students and families,” said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “We were thrilled to work with the State of Wisconsin and Junior Achievement to bring our tour and this important message to Milwaukee!”
 
Join the conversation at #Dee1Knowledge and get started looking for scholarships at SallieMae.com/Dee1Knowledge.

Michael Frohna Named President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI – September 27, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. has named Michael Frohna, CFRE, as its new president.  He succeeds Tim Greinert, who accepted a national leadership position with Junior Achievement USA.
 
Frohna has more than 25 years of executive and nonprofit experience, most recently as vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Previously he served as the assistant vice president of advancement at St. Norbert College, followed by foundation leadership roles with two major health systems in northeast Wisconsin.
 
“Michael’s blend of experience in the not-for-profit and education arena is a winning combination that fits our mission at Junior Achievement,” said Raymond Wilson, chair of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “Michael’s documented Foundation success will be an asset to connecting community leaders statewide with Junior Achievement and the young people they inspire.”
 
He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and a Management Development Program Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
 
“I am thrilled to join Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and the 12 district teams and thousands of volunteers who bring our mission to life each day.  The impact of our work is far-reaching, touching individuals, families and communities. I am excited to help Junior Achievement of Wisconsin reach new heights and thrive together,” said Frohna.
 
About Junior Achievement® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Last year 165,181 students in Wisconsin benefited from participating in Junior Achievement programs. For more information, visit wisconsin.ja.org 
 
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