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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIG BEND RECEIVES $10,000 FROM TRUIST FOUNDATION

                                          

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIG BEND RECEIVES $10,000 FROM TRUIST FOUNDATION
GRANT PROVIDES PROGRAM SUPPORT FOR GRADES K-12 FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION
 

(Tallahassee, FL) – Junior Achievement Big Bend has received a $10,000 grant from Truist Foundation to help support financial literacy education for grades K-12 in the Tallahassee area.

JA Big Bend’s financial literacy programs shows elementary students about how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city to teaching middle and high school students about the interrelationship between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. To help them along the road of financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, and investing. Students will be able to identify how their personal finances affect their quality of life. They will understand how their financial choices will be the basis of how they get what they want and need.

“We are grateful to Truist for their generous gift, which is helping JA Big Bend bring life-changing programming to youth in our community”, said Elyse Cornelison, Director, Junior Achievement Big Bend. “These programs are delivered at no cost to our schools and this Truist Foundation grant will certainly make a difference in the lives of our students and inspire these young people to own their economic success.”

“Truist is enthusiastic about its partnership with Junior Achievement Big Bend which supports one of our four key pillars, Economic Mobility,” said Chris Mills, market president with Truist.  “When individuals and families have the chance to make choices that lead to better opportunities, they can achieve more for future generations. That is why we’re committed to addressing barriers to economic mobility through areas such as financial education and workforce development in the Tallahassee community.”

About Junior Achievement Big Bend

Since 2012, Junior Achievement Big Bend has reached over 30,000 students in the Leon County area.

JA Big Bend programs are focused on three pillars (financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness) and is coordinated and administered by JA Big Bend. JA Big Bend provides materials, scheduling, and the training needed for JA volunteers and educators. JA Volunteers consistent of local businesses, entrepreneurs and community advocates who provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give K-12 students the knowledge they need to succeed in the global economy. With the help of these JA Volunteers, JA Big Bend has reached nearly 3,000 students during the 2018-19 school year. Learn more at www.jabigbend.org

About Truist Foundation

The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at www.truist.com/truist-foundation

 

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Junior Achievement Big Bend Welcomes Our New Board Members - July 2020

Welcome to our new board members

Tallahassee, FL., August 5, 2020 – Junior Achievement of the Big Bend is pleased to announce three new members to the Board that joined us in the month of July.

“JA Big Bend is excited to add these three new members to the board of directors,” said Elyse Cornelison, Director of JA Big Bend. “Felicia, Jared and David all share the same passion on taking action to support our community’s students and in helping JA empower young people to own their economic success.”

Read below to find out why they chose to serve on the JA Big Bend Board:

Felicia E. Richardson, Branch Manager, AVP, Regions Bank

“It would bring me great delight to serve on the JA Big Bend board to be able to collaborate with other professionals that share the same common goal of empowering our community as well as strengthening the student lives we connect with on work-readiness skills, financial education, and promote economic growth.”

Jared Ross, President, League of Southeastern Credit Unions

"The mission of JA Big Bend fits with many of my passions. Having worked with credit unions for nearly a decade now, financial education and wellness has been something I have passionately advocating on both with the Legislature, as well with students, parents and schools."

"I find that much of the skill sets I have learned as an adult have been through experiences that you will not get in the traditional classroom and therefore organizations such as JA are necessary to help young people build those skill sets."

David J. White, Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

"I have always been passionate about encouraging financial and economic education and awareness. I also enjoy working with younger people, and the idea of combining both of my passions sounds truly exciting."

"I hope to share what I have learned so far, life lessons and mistakes I've learned from, and overall, what I've learned about the business world. In addition, my family loves the Tallahassee and North Florida area, and would love to further the entrepreneurial spirit and education in this area."

About Junior Achievement Big Bend

Since 2012, Junior Achievement Big Bend has reached over 30,000 students in the Leon County area.

JA Big Bend programs are focused on three pillars (financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness) and is coordinated and administered by JA Big Bend. JA Big Bend provides materials, scheduling, and the training needed for JA Volunteers and educators. JA Volunteers consistent of local businesses, entrepreneurs and community advocates who provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give K-12 students the knowledge they need to succeed in the global economy. With the help of these JA Volunteers, JA Big Bend has reached nearly 3,000 students during the 2018-19 school year.

Junior Achievement Big Bend Welcomes New Board Chair

Cheryl Thompson takes over as chair on July 1

Tallahassee, FL., August 3, 2020 – Junior Achievement of the Big Bend & its Board are pleased to announce Cheryl Thompson as the Chair effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022.

Cheryl, a Senior Vice President with Capital City Bank, has been a member of the Board since 2013 and has served as a volunteer and on the executive committee as Treasurer & Vice Chair.

“Junior Achievement is fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Cheryl Thompson take over the reins of the board of directors,” said Elyse Cornelison, Director of JA Big Bend. “She’s been with our organization from almost the beginning and I know she has a passion to make sure we succeed so that we can we live up to our purpose - which is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. There will be a lot to negotiate through where the pandemic is concerned and Cheryl is a great choice to lead the organization during these times.”

Cheryl’s  excitement to take on this role is deep rooted in her passion for financial literacy.  A lifelong banker, she has first-hand experience with families facing economic problems largely due to a lack of financial literacy. This gives her an opportunity to directly impact the Big Bend communities through Junior Achievement’s programs. “My favorite part of being involved with JA is interacting with the students and probing them to think critically,” said Thompson. “As board chair, my goal is to carry on building the foundation of previous chair Ron Miller.  I would like to see our community continue to embrace and support this important group.  We must prepare our students for the future, particularly during these uncertain times.”

Cheryl joined Capital City Bank in 2004.  She is responsible for the Business Support Services division, which includes IT, facilities and building management, purchasing, corporate training and project management for the Bank.

Cheryl received her business administration degree from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She also earned a Wharton Leadership Certificate.

Cheryl was born and raised in Tallahassee and remains active in the community. She served as Loaned Executive for the United Way.  She served as vice chair on the board of the Capital Area Community Action Agency and Treasurer, Vice-Chair and now Chair of the Junior Achievement of the Big Bend board.

About Junior Achievement Big Bend

Junior Achievement Big Bend has reached over 30,000 students in the Leon County area.

JA Big Bend programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers who provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students K-12 knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. In Leon County and the surrounding area, JA programming is coordinated and administered by Junior Achievement Big Bend, who provides the materials, scheduling, and the training needed for JA volunteers and teachers. With the help of hundreds of local businesses and classroom volunteers, JA Big Bend reached nearly 3,000 students during the 2018-19 school year.

JA Big Bend Newsletter - July 2020

JA Big Bend Newsletter - July 2020

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SHARK BOWL AND JA BE ENTREPRENEURIAL IN LEON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIG BEND SHARK BOWL AND

JA BE ENTREPRENEURIAL IN LEON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIG BEND BRINGS JA BE ENTREPRENEURIAL TO LEON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

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Save the Date - #GivingTuesday December 3, 2019

Join The Movement and Give Back!

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JA Big Bend Newsletter - November 2019

Newsletter - November 2019

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JA Big Bend Newsletter - September 2019

Newsletter - September 2019

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JA Big Bend Newsletter - August 2019

Newsletter - August 2019

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JA Big Bend Awarded Workforce Development Funding through Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV)

 

Thank you Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality for your support in helping JA Big Bend bring workforce development programs to our community's high school students! #TalentLivesHere #Entrepreneurship

April 22, 2019: Office of Economic Vitality Announces Elevate Florida’s Capital for Business First Grant Recipient

Junior Achievement Awarded Workforce Development Funding

In an effort to close gaps between existing workforce development programs and the needs of local businesses, the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) established, under the Elevate Florida’s Capital for Business Grant Fund, Elevate Your Workforce earlier this year. This grant provides funding to local organizations that demonstrate new, innovative strategies, or replicate effective, evidence- based strategies that align available assets, organizations, and resources towards shared economic growth objectives that strengthen our local workforce.
The Office of Economic Vitality is pleased to announce that Junior Achievement Big Bend is the program’s first recipient. Junior Achievement Big Bend will be utilizing the grant funds $21,770 for their entrepreneurial program in local high schools.

“Catalyzing workforce development opportunities directly aligns with OEV’s mission. Workforce training has the ability to transform the lives of people and our local economy,” OEV Director Cristina Paredes said. “We are confident that the program offered by Junior Achievement will do both.”

The grant program directly supports a cornerstone objective of the Office of Economic Vitality: to invest in and provide a strong talent development and retention network for employees and employers in the Tallahassee-Leon County community. The Elevate Your Workforce Grant allows OEV to support the innovative organizations that work every day to make our region better.

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2018 Shark Bowl Competiton

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Jim English and Elyse Cornelison talk about 2018 Golf Classic

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