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For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2020

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Peoria, IL–Junior Achievement of Central Illinois, a non-profit organization that provides financial literacy, work and career readiness and entrepreneurial education to K-12 students, announced three new members elected to the organization's Board of Directors.

These new members include Joe Adams, Transportation Engineering Manager at Farnsworth Group; Brendan Kaar, Wealth Management at RSM US; and Chris Ober, President & CEO at Morton Industries LLC. Joe Adams also serves as Vice Chair of the newly formed JA Young Professionals board, and will act as liaison between the advisory group and governing board.

"Serving on the board of a growing nonprofit, like Junior Achievement of Central Illinois, is a commitment to the young people in our community," Mary Pille, President of Junior Achievement of Central Illinois said. "We are thrilled to welcome these esteemed professionals to the board of directors and look forward to their fresh insights and perspective."

These new members will help guide and leverage the momentum of recent growth of the organization, including an increase in students from the previous school year and expansion of in-depth learning experiences. The nonprofit is gearing up to implement JA Finance Park® Virtual, an immersive simulation covering a variety of financial literacy topics, planned to reach local classrooms in Fall of 2020.

About Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

For over 70 years Junior Achievement has been an integral part of the education and business communities in Central Illinois. JA of Central Illinois currently operates in 90 schools and organizations within seven counties. During the 2018-2019 school year, over 600 volunteers delivered JA programs in over 800 classrooms, impacting nearly 18,000 students in Central Illinois. JA of Central Illinois is recognized by JA USA as a Four Star operation. For more information, visit centralillinois.ja.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Celebrating its centennial in 2019, 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 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. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information. 

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For Immediate Release:
November 4th, 2019

 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS IMAGINE THE FUTURE

Gathering to highlight experiential education as a solution for unmet needs in Greater Peoria

Peoria, IL– Greater Peoria is welcoming an exciting age of innovation, and dreams for the future of our community abound. Junior Achievement (JA) welcomes community members to put dreams into action and learn how experiential education is the solution for unmet needs. Imagine the Future will take place November 20th, 7:30-9:00 AM at the Warehouse on State in Peoria.

Community members are invited to enjoy breakfast and hear firsthand stories about the positive impact Junior Achievement programs have on the lives of young people from students, teachers and JA ambassadors. This event is free to attend, but we could use community support! As much as anything else, we want people to hear about the inspiring work that Junior Achievement brings to our schools. These are exciting times at JA and we want everyone to be part of our future!

Imagine the future….
• What if we "leaned in" on teaching students how to budget and manage money starting as early as kindergarten?
• What if students could begin exploring careers in elementary school with hands-on experiences?
• What if students learned why essential skills are so important through real people working in diverse occupations and industries?
• What if we could help a child go from "I can't" to "I CAN!"?

Junior Achievement is turning these aspirations into reality with every student impacted and it will take all of us to empower the next generation.

RSVP is required by November 12th. This event is FREE to attend. Email heather.sexton@ja.org or (309) 682-1800 ext. 106

Junior Achievement is celebrating 100 years in 2019. The organization was founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts by business leaders Horace Moses, founder of Strathmore Paper Company, and Theodore Vail, Chairman of AT&T, and with the support of U.S. Senator Murray Crane. The original purpose of JA was to help teens moving from rural America to the industrial cities gain the skills they would need to be successful adults.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois was founded in 1946 and has been an integral part of the education and business communities. JA of Central Illinois currently operates in 133 schools and organizations within 8 counties. During the 2018-19 school year, 618 volunteers delivered JA programs in 835 classrooms, impacting 17,937 students in Central Illinois. On a national stage, nearly 5 million students are receiving JA programs with the support of a quarter million volunteers primarily from the business community. Globally, JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide with programs in over 100 countries. For more information, visit centralillinois.ja.org. 

 

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Junior Achievement receives $10,000 Bayer Fund grant for Experiential Career Exploration

Mason City, IL (August 9, 2019) – Employees from the Bayer Mason City Site recommended Junior Achievement of Central Illinois to receive a $10,000 grant from Bayer Fund. Funds from the grant will be used to provide a hands-on curriculum and career expo experience for eighth graders. In partnership with local schools, students will examine personal skills and interests as they relate to careers, identify careers of specific interest, and be introduced to local employers through GP CareerSpark in partnership with the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

"Junior Achievement is so thankful of Bayer's investment in our future workforce," said Mary Pille, President at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois. "Through this project, 8th graders will have a hands-on experience that equips them with the tools and knowledge to make the most of their education as they prepare for their future careers."

This will be the second year Junior Achievement has received a Bayer Fund grant to support career exploration and this partnership will continue that impact.

                                "We are focused on improving lives in the communities where we operate.  The Bayer Fund allows us to partner with organizations in the community to achieve that mission.  Supporting education opportunities within our local area allows us to educate students on the career opportunities that are available here in their own community," said Anna Jahnsen, Site Lead at Mason City & Stonington, IL. "We're happy to support Junior Achievement with this Bayer Fund grant and look forward to participating in the Career Spark event, where we will be volunteering our time and sharing with students the work that we do here at Bayer to produce high quality seed for farmers."

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $1.4 million through this program to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education, and Community Development. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7 million through this program over the last five years.

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For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2019

 

Junior Achievement Announces Board of Directors

Peoria, IL– Junior Achievement of Central Illinois (JA) is pleased to announce the following individuals to our Board of Directors for 2019-2020. This includes the renewal of many board members who wish to continue the tremendous impact they've helped push forward in central Illinois, and the election of one new board member, Pam Craig, Illinois Retail Market Executive at Commerce Bank.

Mary Pille, President of Junior Achievement of Central Illinois announced, "I am pleased to continue work with this esteemed group of leaders. The strategy, focus, and passion of our board members has led our team to record-breaking impact and continues to grow each year."

 

Executive Committee

  • Board Chair - Sylvia Hasinger, Advanced Technology Services, Inc.
  • Board Vice Chair - Erica Kottabi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC
  • Treasurer – Tim Nester, G&D Integrated
  • Secretary - Troy Schmick, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Immediate Past Chair - Jeff Bogdan, Federal Companies
  • At Large - Brian May, Accenture

Governing Board

  • Paige Blumenshine, Prairie State Legal Services
  • Jeremy Caldera, IAS Technology
  • Michelle Cramer, OSF Healthcare
  • Pam Craig, Commerce Bank
  • Beth Crider, Peoria Regional Office of Education
  • Charlie Drier, Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Debbie Furness, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Kristina Galligan, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Mark Geason, CEFCU
  • Chris Hamilton, State Farm Bank
  • Daetta Jones, Ameren Illinois
  • Adam Lofgren, Illinois National Bank
  • Kristin Lund –Mathers, PALS & Shur Wellness
  • Eric Martin, Advanced Technology Services, Inc.
  • Jim Mathis, Komatsu
  • Ryan Miller, PNC
  • Mark Schatsiek, Komatsu
  • Kimberly Remmert, Pekin Insurance
  • Arnitria Shaw, Illinois Central College
  • Chris Thoennes, Illinois National Bank
  • Amy Willard, EY

About Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

For over 70 years Junior Achievement has been an integral part of the education and business communities in Central Illinois. JA of Central Illinois currently operates in 90 schools and organizations within seven counties. During the 2018-2019 school year, over 600 volunteers delivered JA programs in over 800 classrooms, impacting nearly 18,000 students in Central Illinois. As summer programs complete and are verified, the 2018-2019 school year appears to set records for the number of local students served yet again. JA of Central Illinois is recognized by JA USA as a Four Star operation. For more information, visit centralillinois.ja.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Celebrating its centennial in 2019, 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 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. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information. 

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    -Junior Achievement Student
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