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Why JA: Graduation Rates and College Readiness

The Challenge

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the high school graduation rate hit a record high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. Despite this positive news, the overall graduation rate is still off pace to achieve the GradNation campaign’s goal of 90 percent by 2020. The graduation rates of African-American and Hispanic students are also improving; however, they remain behind those of their white peers. Additionally, once graduating high school, only 59 percent of students enrolling in college complete a four-year degree within six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

 

The Role of JA

The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people for success. JA does this by bringing volunteer role models from the community into the classroom to share their experiences with students and to facilitate JA’s proven programs. The programs, which cover financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, help students make the connection between what they learn in school and how it applies to their lives. The JA experience helps students better understand the importance of school as a means to becoming successful adults.

 

Proof of Impact

The JA experience has been shown to influence positive behavioral outcomes using scientifically valid evaluation. JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes in a way that results in students’ increased self-efficacy. This fosters selfbelief and sense of purpose which are necessary for students to overcome challenges that might otherwise prevent them from graduating high school or succeeding at higher education. A 2016-17 evaluation shows that JA Alumni have larger high school graduation rates and higher education completion rates than those of the general U.S. population. Simply said, Junior Achievement works.

JA Celebrates Partnership with Educators Credit Union

On Thursday, June 2, staff and board members from Educators Credit Union celebrated their partnership with Junior Achievement during the official ribbon cutting of the Educators Credit Union Wellness shop in JA BizTown. During the ceremony, the mayor of JA BizTown also declared June 2, 2016, Educators Credit Union Day.

The partnership between Educators and Junior Achievement includes the storefront in JA BizTown, tablets and debit cards used by students in JA Finance Park, as well as teacher training and support of Junior Achievement in Racine County.

“Junior Achievement for many, many years has been working with our local schools to make sure that our young people can bridge what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “Financial literacy couldn’t be a more important skill for our young people today.”

A big thank you to Educators Credit Union for their support of JA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Legends Breakfast

On the morning of Friday, April 22, more than 100 people came to listen to Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Laureates Craig Culver, found of Culver's restaurants, and John Mellowes, of Charter Manufacturing, share their business expertise and secrets to success. The casual environment allowed guests to hear from the laureates on a personal level. It was a very intimate, insightful, and inspirational morning!

JA student Gavin also spoke about how JA has inspired him. Andrew Weiland from BizTimes Milwaukee moderated the discussion.  Thanks to TEC for sponsoring such a wonderful event.

 

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FOX6 Visits the JA Kohl's Education Center for Tax Day

On Friday, April 16, FOX6 visited the JA Kohl's Education Center for the JA Tax Day event. Students in JA BizTown and JA Finance Park learned how to prepare a 1040-EZ tax form, and then filed their taxes with the JA IRS.

Watch the segment from FOX6 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week to all of our wonderful Junior Achievement volunteers! Thanks to you, we are able to inspire more than 160,000 Wisconsin students each year to own their economic success. We couldn't to it without it. THANK YOU!

Are you interested in joining the ranks of these amazing volunteers? Learn more here.

Why It's Important to Vote, According to Fifth Graders

Students in JA BizTown tell us why it's important to vote! Get out and rock the vote, Wisconsin!

 

Two-Thirds of Teens See Borrowers, Not Government, Responsible for Paying Off Student Loan Debt

Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Programs Can Help Teens Make Better Informed Choices about Paying for College

Milwaukee, WI – A new survey of 1,000 teens by Junior Achievement USA and Voya Foundation shows that nearly two-thirds of teens, or 65 percent, believe borrowers are ultimately responsible for paying off their student loans, even if they borrowed more money than they are able to pay off, while 11 percent believe the government should do so. Fewer, 7 percent, believe it is the responsibility of the college and 5 percent think it’s up to the lender to resolve.

The survey was conducted March 1-6 by Opinion Research.

“What this survey shows is that today’s teens need information on how to make informed choices on choosing the best higher education avenue for them and how to pay for it,” said Tim Greinert, president of JA Wisconsin “This is why it’s so critical that our young people have the kinds of financial literacy programs JA offers free to schools in our community.”

Greinert notes that a four-year college education is the second largest investment many people will make in their lifetimes, and yet decisions to take on student debt are made by 17 and 18 year olds who have received little to no financial literacy education. This can result in students assuming more debt than they are able to pay off with their expected future income.

Each year, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin reaches more than 160,000 students in the state with programs focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Another resource available to teens, parents, teachers, and school counselors is JA Influencer, a free online resource that explores the opportunities and challenges associated with student loans. A guide titled “Understanding The Student Loan Explosion: Implications for Students and Their Families,” also investigates the various factors students should take into consideration when exploring opportunities in higher education. These include gaining a better understanding of the real costs of going to college and weighing alternatives to a four-year school, such as community college and technical schools.

JA Influencer is the result of support from Voya to reach students through Junior Achievement. Voya has partnered with Junior Achievement since 2001; the partnership is centered on the shared belief in the need to actively prepare and equip future generations to succeed.

The survey also found that 89 percent of teens who responded expect to attend college. Of those, 40 percent expect help in the form of scholarships and grants; 21 percent believe they will receive financial support from their parents and family members; 17 percent plan to work to earn money for college; and approximately 11 percent anticipate taking on student loans to help pay for their higher education. The results represent the findings of an Opinion Research Youth CARAVAN survey conducted among a sample of 1,000 13-17 year olds.  That survey was live March 1-6, 2016. 

About Voya Foundation
Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children's education, and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit www.voyafoundation.com.

About Voya Financial®

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2015. The company had $452 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2015. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company™. The company is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible — Voya has been recognized as one of the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com or view the company’s 2014 annual report. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

For more information, contact Megan Olson at 414-577-3826 and molson@jawis.org.

To set up an interview with Tim Greinert, arrange a visit to the JA Kohl’s Education Center, or to request high-resolution images, contact Megan Olson at 414-577-3826 and molson@jawis.org or Jessica Levine at 414-271-0101; jlevine@boelterlincoln.com.

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.

 

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