Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc., Northwest District Kicks Off Annual Operating Campaign

October 17, 2016
Goal set to raise $162,500 by November 18, 2016

Eau Claire, WI - Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc., Northwest District recently kicked off its Annual Operating Campaign raising funds to offer JA programming to area youth for the 2016-2017 school year. Last year more than 16,600 2-12 grade students throughout northwestern Wisconsin received Junior Achievement programming because of the generosity of area businesses and individuals throughout the district's 20-county region.

Junior Achievement's purpose is to empower young people to take ownership of their personal economic success. JA business volunteers work with area educators presenting financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills to students attending public, private and parochial schools. Key information is presented to area students to help them understand how to manage money and how to act on their entrepreneurial spirit which results in innovation and job creation. Junior Achievement programs are available to students per the request of teachers. Volunteers are recruited to share their "real life" job experiences with the students and bring relevance to what students are learning in school.

"Junior Achievement continues its efforts to reach additional schools and kids in our communities,” said Rolly Enderes, Junior Achievement Campaign Chair and board member. “I personally see the impact that JA programming is having on our kids. From the financial literacy lessons offered and how JA programs help area students with career planning, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills, This is why this year’s campaign is even more important than ever so we can continue to support our existing programs and to expand JA programming to the schools and communities that are asking to be included." Susan Peterson, Junior Achievement Director stated, "This year's goal of $162,500 will provide vital economic lessons to more than 17,000 students preparing them for success in the global economy. We cannot begin to fulfill our mission without the generosity of area businesses and individuals who are willing to invest in our area youth."
To donate or volunteer as a classroom presenter or for more information, call 715.835.5566 or visit wisconsin.ja.org.

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to educating K-12 students about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness through experiential hands-on programs. District staff collaborates with more than 730 volunteers and 651 teachers, educating more than 16,300 students throughout northwestern Wisconsin last school year. For more information visit us at wisconsin.ja.org or call 715-835-5566.
Lynn Barrie, Marketing Development Manager
lbarrie@jawis.org, (715) 835-5566 ext.26