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Junior Achievement of Wisconsin awards more than $35,500 in scholarships

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, in partnership with the Junior Achievement Women's Association, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's scholarships. More than $35,500 will be awarded to 14 students across the state of Wisconsin. Recipients are college and high school students who have participated in JA programming or have volunteered for JA.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipents!

 

Allison Raddant Shawano High School Student Volunteer
Alexander Reinke Milwaukee High School Student Volunteer
Robert Wenman Mosinee High School Student Volunteer
Andrew Bailey Appleton High School Student Participant
Brett Benning Cedarburg High School Student Participant
Adam Gergetz Jackson High School Student Participant
Natalie Hagenow Sussex High School Student Participant
Kathryn Kugel Shawano High School Student Participant
Stephanie Lo Milwaukee High School Student Participant
Justin Natzke Marathon High School Student Participant
Melissa Oxtoby Howards Grove High School Student Participant
John Metzinger Wausau/Eau Claire College Student Volunteer
Eli Miller Madison College Student Volunteer
Chineva Smith Milwaukee Schreyer Scholarship

 

JA Career Day in Mequon

Last week, students from Lake Shore Middle School in Mequon experienced a JA Career Day and listened to a variety of career professionals discuss their careers and the paths it took for them to get there. Presenters included a pharmacist, Mequon police officer, IT specialist, director of the Milwaukee bucks, and more. Thanks to all of the volunteers who presented and helped to make this such a wonderful event for the students!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

JA Team Achieve Begins Training

Members of JA Team Achieve have officially started training for this year's half marathon! The team ran together on the morning of Saturday, February 27, for the first of 16 team training runs. More than 40 team members will be running the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on June 18, 2016, to benefit Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. The 2016 team has grown by more than 100% since last year's team of 17 members. JA of Wisconsin Board Members Chad Cundiff (Astronautics Corporation of America), Troy Carrothers (Kohl's) and Ray Wilson (PWC) are proud members of this year's team.

Learn more about JA Team Achieve.

The 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and EY have awarded Chippewa Falls native Natalie Abbott with the “2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” for her honey company that she started at age 10 as a 4-H project. She will be recognized at JA’s Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 21 at The Pfister Hotel and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

The recipient of the Young Entrepreneur award, presented by EY, is selected from a joint committee from JA and DPI who evaluate each candidate on the following criteria: business success, growth potential, social involvement, ability to overcome challenges, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity and leadership.

"Along with EY and DPI, Junior Achievement is thrilled to honor Natalie Abbott as this year's ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year,’" said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. "Natalie not only represents excellence in entrepreneurship, but she is a role model to all young people looking to start their own business."

 

 

Abbott’s ability to recognize the needs and wants of honey consumers set her above the other applicants for the “2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” Abbott realized early on in her experience the very high demand for raw, local honey. The West Hill Honey Company, a home-based beekeeping company, provides raw, local honey harvested from Abbott’s own bee hives.

Abbott really expanded her business in the summer of 2012, when she launched a kick starter project to fund her purchase of a un-capper, extractor and bottling tank to fully convert a room in her house to a dedicated honey room.

Abbot’s extensive knowledge of honeybees and beekeeping provides her with an edge. She is able to educate her constituents and answer their questions. Her main focus of sales is at craft sales, speaking at local 4-H clubs, and providing salons and boutique shops with her lip balm. Many of her customers are repeat customers, and call regularly to see if is honey available. Abbott enjoys all aspects of beekeeping, and is anxious to expand her business of harvesting honey and beeswax. Currently, she put her profits from honey sales back into new equipment for her company.

Like any young company, The West Hill Honey Company faces challenge - such as a bear destroying over three-fourths of her beehives last year. However, Abbott has been given five beehives this year, from someone with the WI Honey Producers Association, because she was the youngest member of the group. As a sophomore at Chippewa Falls High School, Abbott hopes to build back up to 20 beehives this year, continue to expand her honey sales and her work with local craft fairs and salons, and to begin producing lotions. Abbott’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year video application can be viewed on the JA website

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