Because of our supporters, 11,073 students will receive life-changing financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills. We cannot fully describe how thankful we are to have companies and individuals investing in the futures of our Junior Achievement (JA) students.
In order to meet the needs of the thousands of students JA serves, the JA Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame serves as a platform for a fundraising campaign driven by a committee of JA board members, JA staff, and local community leaders. This campaign allows us to serve the majority of our JA students year after year so, we cannot do, what we do, without this community’s level of generosity.
As the education landscape continues to change, one thing remains: children of all ages and backgrounds need to be prepared to enter the workforce, manage their personal finances and think with the creative spirit of an entrepreneur. JA has been working hard to provide adaptable programming to our schools and students over the past year. We knew, when students went virtual, we needed to go virtual too.
The success of our community depends on how prepared today’s students are to thrive in both - work and life. By empowering today’s students, you are ensuring a robust and sustainable future for Central Illinois. With our supporters, volunteers, teachers - we can do our part to ensure students continue receiving our JA education experience whether it be at home or in the classroom. Thank you for helping us impact 11,073 students in 506 classrooms!
EVENT RECAP: The March 9th Re-Imagined Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame allowed students, parents, school systems, and the business community to convene for an all-inclusive, high-impact virtual event experience. This year’s VIRTUAL Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame induction looked much different compared to previous events, but one thing that stayed the same was the HUGE success this celebration continues to see every year!
Our co-hosts, Amber Krycka (WEEK-TV 25 anchor) and Bruna Tavares (JA Alum/Univ of Illinois Chicago student) delivered an engaging presentation to viewers resulting in an outstanding, memorable evening featuring the success stories of our laureates - Sister Judith Ann Duvall, Steve Jackson, Doug Oberhelman and our Teacher and Volunteer of the Year - Katie McKown and Troy Schmick. Through their acceptance remarks and inspirational videos, it was clearly proven that each honoree clearly possesses the skills and demonstrates the leadership, values and ethics that we seek to cultivate in today's youth.
For those who have viewed the online event from home, thank you for taking the time to share in the celebration and recognition of our 2021 Teacher and our Volunteer of the Year - as well as - the induction of three deserving laureates into the JA Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame. If you have not had the chance, I highly recommend watching the virtual event to capture these moments yourself. Here is a link to the recording, feel free to make comments to share feedback. http://bit.ly/2021HOF. Make sure you watch it through the end to catch the incredibly generous surprises that take place. You won’t regret it!
Congratulations to our 2021 Honorees
Sister Judith Ann Duvall, Major Superior, OSF HealthCare
Steve Jackson, Owner, Prairie Home Alliance
Doug Oberhelman, Retired CEO & Executive Chairman, Caterpillar Inc.
JA Regional Teacher of the Year Katie McKown, Hickory Grove Elementary School, Dunlap District #323
JA Regional Volunteer of the Year Troy Schmick, Treasury Capital Risk Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
“Junior Achievement teaches students that their opportunities are infinite.”
Bruna Tavares, JA Alum/University of Illinois Chicago student