Milwaukee, Wisconsin— Junior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin announced today that it has received a $15,000 grant to support the implementation of its financial literacy programs in local elementary schools. Sam’s Club Giving Program presented the grant, one of 12, as part of its Partners in Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Initiative.
“We are excited to receive this grant in support of our elementary school programs,” commented Tim Greinert, President of JA of Wisconsin. “These funds will allow us to reach 15 classrooms with critical education in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.”
In addition to providing funding for the programs, Sam’s Clubs will also provide classroom volunteers. “Our employees look forward to partnering with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to deliver these programs to students,” said Julie Huennekens, Sam’s Club Market HR Manager. “They are excited to offer this valuable educational opportunity to young people in the community.”
JA of Wisconsin will use the grants to provide six programs to students: JA Ourselves®, JA Our Families®, JA Our Community®, JA Our City®, JA Our Region® and JA Our Nation®. The funds will allow JA of Wisconsin to establish new collaborative partnerships in underserved schools, and create opportunities to expand current economic and financial literacy education to area students.
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 four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
About Sam’s Club Giving Program
Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. Through cash and in-kind donations, as well as the dedication of associates, Sam’s Club is committed to making an impact in areas that align with the company, and with the passions and interests of members. In 2011, the Sam’s Club Giving Program made cash and in-kind contributions of more than $101 million, which included donating more than 38 million meals.