A Dedicated Volunteer

JA impacts so many people each year, whether it be a student, volunteer, parent, or teacher. This story below shares a memorable JA experience that turned into a lifetime of passion for the work JA does, and introduces a wonderful person who has helped so many students over the years.

As a teenager, Sue Tjugum was part of a JA Company Program® at her high school in DeForest, Wisconsin.  In her class they made a pen holder from an old railroad tie. Fast forward to 2007 when her first child entered kindergarten at Sacred Hearts School in Sun Prairie, part of JA of Wisconsin.  Sue wanted to get involved, so she volunteered to teach JA Ourselves® to her son's class.

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The teacher was so impressed that she asked Sue to come back every year to teach JA Ourselves to the new class of kindergartners.  Each year, as her son advanced through the grades at Sacred Hearts, Sue was a JA volunteer in his classroom and also became a JA volunteer for after-school programs.

This year, her son is in 8th grade.  Sue, once again, is teaching JA in his classroom.  Her son and his classmates will graduate and move on to high school next year. "This is my last year with this group of students, so it's a little sad.  Every time the students see me with the JA bag, they get very excited," Sue said.  "And before I teach the class, when I am walking in the hall, they ask me if it's JA Time", Sue added.

Since 2007, Sue has taught 51 JA classes in Sun Prairie, has helped with several JA community events, and she still has the pen holder from her high school JA class! Thank you, Sue for all of your hard work and dedication.

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Thank You to Ascentra Credit Union Foundation For a Generous $50,000 Grant!

This post originally appeared on Junior Achievement of the Hearland's site.

Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Donates $50,000 to Implement JA Programs Locally

Ascentra Credit Union and Junior Achievement Collaborate to Prepare Students for Success

Students in the Quad City metro area, Clinton and Muscatine will learn important entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness skills, thanks to a generous grant of $50,000 from Ascentra Credit Union Foundation to implement Junior Achievement (JA) programs.

This partnership will bring JA programming to students in kindergarten through 12th grade helping them learn important skills like creating a budget, becoming work-ready and developing a business plan. In addition, Ascentra Credit Union employees will continue to serve as JA classroom volunteers, as well as support other special events.  The $50,000 grant will be distributed over a four-year period with support continuing through 2018-2019.

Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Donates $50,000 to Implement Junior Achievement Programs Locally

Ascentra Credit Union and Junior Achievement Collaborate to Prepare Students for Success

Moline, IL - Students in the Quad City metro area, Clinton and Muscatine will learn important entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness skills, thanks to a generous grant of $50,000 from Ascentra Credit Union Foundation to implement Junior Achievement (JA) programs.

 

This partnership will bring JA programming to students in kindergarten through 12th grade helping them learn important skills like creating a budget, becoming work-ready and developing a business plan. In addition, Ascentra Credit Union employees will continue to serve as JA classroom volunteers, as well as support other special events. The $50,000 grant will be distributed over a four-year period with support continuing through 2018-2019.

"Junior Achievement recently conducted a national survey and found that 59 percent of teens think the best time to learn about money management is in elementary or junior high school. Educators are turning to us for assistance in teaching these skills," said Barbara VenHorst, President of Junior Achievement of the Heartland. "The vast majority of our programs are offered to schools at no cost. We are thankful to the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation for their support in helping us teach basic life skills that will prepare students for success."

With this investment in a large-scale partnership with Junior Achievement, the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation will ensure a continued support of programs that help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to make smart academic and economic choices. This year's grant will serve schools in Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott County in Iowa and Rock Island County in Illinois.

“By building and deepening our relationship with Junior Achievement of the Heartland we are fulfilling our mission of the foundation by being more impactful in the communities we serve,” said Dale Owen, Ascentra President & CEO.

Junior Achievement's programs are aligned with Ascentra's commitment to enhance youth development by supporting financial education and workforce readiness.

About The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation

Established in 2013, to honor the memory of Ascentra Credit Union President & CEO Paul Lensmeyer and to meet the charitable and educational objectives of the Board of Directors of the credit union, the mission of the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the membership of Ascentra Credit Union and further the philanthropic outreach in the communities the credit union serves. The focus of the foundation is on funding work to enhance youth development, expand credit education opportunities, foster community development, support cultural activities, and invest in ways to enhance the financial viability of the underserved. More information can be found at www.ascentra.org/foundation

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

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 4.5 million students per year in 114 markets across the United States. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves more than 55,000 students through eastern Iowa, western Illinois, and Grant County, Wisconsin. Visit www.jaheartland.org for more information.

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