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January 15, 2014

JELAVICH FAMILY DONATES $100,000 TO BRING JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS TO THE GREATER RIVER VALLEY AREA

Sacramento, CA- Junior Achievement of Sacramento has received a $100,000 grant from John Jelavich, CEO of River Valley Community Bank, and his wife Karin Jelavich, retired Sutter County educator and administrator.  This one-time transformational gift will provide the seed money necessary to bring Junior Achievement (JA) economic empowerment education to K-12th grade youth in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, and (western) Nevada counties (the “Greater River Valley Area”). The funding will be used to get JA programs up and running across the area as well as establish the necessary partnerships, program delivery methods and framework to ensure ongoing programs for years to come.

John and Karin Jelavich have spent their entire careers in the area, John in banking and Karin in education.  “We both agree that financial education has been lacking in our schools and the need is great.   We believe our youth need more than what they’re getting if they’re going to be prepared and have good opportunities once they complete their education,” says John.  “JA is a vehicle that can help achieve this over time;  this area has been good to us and this is our way of giving back, We look forward to working with business leaders and educators throughout the area to get the program started”, Karin concluded.

Junior Achievement of Sacramento is a local chapter of an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower young people to own their future economic success.  JA’s programs are delivered at a local level to schools in partnership with the business community who provide the funding and volunteers necessary to deliver the innovative financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs.  This generous gift will enable Junior Achievement to expand into the Greater River Valley Area for the first time.   “These communities are all close to our heart,” says Karin.  “Our hope is that this thing will take off and perpetuate and grow in this community long after we are gone.”  

Target pilot programs will be conducted in the spring of 2014 and will help expand the number of young people who reach adulthood ready for work, and prepared to manage themselves financially.  If you are interested in getting your workplace or school involved in this exciting program, please contact Junior Achievement of Sacramento 916-480-2770 ext 12 or email at development@jasac.org.


November 5, 2013

EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2013-2014 RELEASED

 

Junior Achievement is committed to keeping programs relevant and engaging so that students are prepared to keep up with the fast-paced, competitive business world that is a reality today.  We are pleased to introduce two new programs “JA It’s My Future” and “JA Career Success” as well as updates to four other existing programs.  If you are interested in piloting any of these new and/or updated programs in our community, please let us know right away!

  • JA It’s My Future has been created to effectively reach middle school students.  This program helps students explore potential careers, plan for a job, obtain a job, and even how to lose it!  Students learn about high-growth careers, career clusters, and career mapping.  Perhaps most importantly, students explore the importance of building a positive personal brand for the future that will set them up for success.
  • JA Career Success  equips high school students with the tools and skills required by employers to earn and keep a job in today’s high-demand industries.  This innovative program introduces students to the soft skills desired by employers such as communication, conflict-management, collaboration and creativity.  It also stresses the importance of knowing how to prioritize demands and how to build a personal brand.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering to teach one of these new programs, please contact Susan Nelson 916.480.2770 ext 13 or programs@jasac.org.

 

 

November 5, 2013

OVER 10,000 STUDENTS RECEIVE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS IN 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

 

This past program year, Junior Achievement of Sacramento served 10,623 students in our local schools with the help of 564 volunteers! This reflects a 20% increase in the amount of students touched by our economic empowerment education, and an increase of 67% in our volunteer support! 

Through JA’s financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs, students connect classroom learning with real life. The knowledge students acquire will enable them to manage their finances, develop in-demand job skills and understand entrepreneurship. Consequently, as adults, they will be more likely to buy homes responsibly, obtain good jobs, and start and run businesses effectively, which will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth. 

We envision a prosperous future for our students and nation and are so thankful for your partnership in achieving this mission!

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering to teach one of these new programs, please contact Susan Nelson 916.480.2770 ext 13 or programs@jasac.org.

 

 

May 3, 2012

FIGHTING AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT CRISIS,
LOCAL TACO BELL RESTAURANTS AWARD $7,500 TO
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SACRAMENTO

 

Sacramento, CA - Junior Achievement of Sacramento was awarded $7,500 from Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The funds will support real-world experiential programs that help teens stay in school and graduate. Junior Achievement of Sacramento will serve approximately 300 teens through this Graduate to Go experience grant.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens for our long-time commitment to high school graduation and long-term success among teens,” said Susan Vicchio, president of Junior Achievement of Sacramento. “It’s because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer career, community and educational experiences that inspire our teen members to stay committed to earning their high school degree and move onto great things in life.”

Junior Achievement of Sacramento is one of more than 250 organizations nationwide that will receive a portion of $2.7 million granted by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Graduate to Go is a long-term effort, launched by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, to raise awareness of the high-school dropout crisis and encourage teens to get their diploma. The initiative funds real-world experiences, such as job training and college preparation, proven to motivate teens to stay in school. Funds were raised through local Taco Bell restaurant owners and Taco Bell customers.

 By the Numbers

America’s high school dropout rates are staggering, with one student dropping out of high school every 26 seconds.  More than 30 percent of U.S. teens and up to 50 percent of Latinos and African Americans fail to graduate with their class. Dropouts are more likely than high school graduates to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty, in prison, or on public assistance.** 

“The teen graduation crisis is a major hurdle for America as we strive to remain an innovative and powerful global leader,” said Shawn Winkler, Senior Manager Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “The vital partnerships and programs we are funding today allow Taco Bell to help teens build a foundation for a future success through the vehicle of graduation.”

About the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens

The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, is committed to addressing the growing number of high school dropouts in the U.S. by providing teens with mentors and real-world experiences that motivate them to stay in school, graduate and achieve more in life. Since 1995, TBFT has donated more than $30 million to support programs at teen-serving organizations. TBFT has done this with the help of ongoing customer, franchisee and employee donations.  For more information about TBFT, visit www.tacobellfoundationforteens.org.

About Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell Corp. is the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. Taco Bell serves more than 36.8 million consumers each week in nearly 5,600 restaurants in the U.S.

 

About Junior Achievement of Sacramento

Junior Achievement teaches workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to students in grades K-12. Classes are taught by volunteers in the business community who infuse their own expertise into the curriculum. JA has been teaching the area’s young people for 50 years. Last year, 9,403 students in the Greater Sacramento Area received JA instruction. To learn more, visit http://www.jasac.org.

 


May 1, 2012

 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HOSTS JA DAY WITH THE RIVER CATS

June 1 event salutes JA's volunteers

Sacramento, CA - Junior Achievement of Sacramento salutes its volunteers and supporters with the nonprofit’s first JA Day with the River Cats, Friday, June 1, at Raley Field. It’s the River Cats vs. Fresno Grizzlies. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

The event, presented by State Street, celebrates JA’s 400 volunteers with on-field recognition of JA’s top three volunteers, giveaways for those sitting in sections 119-120, and a chance to spin the wheel for prizes at the JA information booth in the concourse.

Cosumnes Oaks High School students who are participating in JA’s Company Program will throw out the first pitch. The students will also staff a table next to JA’s booth where they will showcase the JA Company Program. JA’s Company Program gives high school students an opportunity to create and run a business.

Discounted tickets are $17 for sections 119- 120, where JA supporters will sit together to cheer on the River Cats. Tickets can be purchased through the JA website at http://www.jasac.org/events/ja-day-with-the-rivercats. Enter special offer code: JASACRAMENTO. There is no processing fee and tickets can be printed at home.

“We are excited to host this special night in honor of our volunteers and supporters who help us provide important life skills curriculum to students throughout the Sacramento area,” said JA Program Manager Susan Nelson.

Junior Achievement teaches workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to students in grades K-12. Classes are taught by volunteers in the business community who infuse their own expertise into the curriculum. JA has been teaching the area’s young people for 50 years. Last year, 9,403 students in the Greater Sacramento Area received JA instruction.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.jasac.org.

 


 

May 1, 2012

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SACRAMENTO RECEIVES
$35,000 IN FUNDING FROM WELLS FARGO

Sacramento, CA – Wells Fargo has granted Junior Achievement of Sacramento $35,000 to support JA’s financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs for students in the Greater Sacramento Area.

The funding includes a $25,000 program grant, plus a $10,000 donation as part of Wells Fargo’s 160th anniversary celebration. To mark this significant milestone, Wells Fargo donated to charities around the country, as well as organized volunteer activities nationwide.

Kathleen Cole, Senior Vice President and Learning and Sales Development Manager for Wells Fargo, presented a program funding check to Junior Achievement of Sacramento Board Chairman Bruce Kerr at the nonprofit’s April 18 board of directors meeting.

“We are honored and appreciative of the support of our long-time partner, Wells Fargo,” said Susan Vicchio, president of Junior Achievement of Sacramento. “These funds will allow us to expand our reach, helping equip young people with real-world skills they can use on their way to a bright and successful future.”

Junior Achievement of Sacramento currently serves almost 9,500 Sacramento area students annually, more than half of which are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Programs are taught by more than 400 volunteers in the business community who infuse their own expertise into the curriculum.

Junior Achievement programs prepare students for the real world. Eighty-four percent of JA alumni indicate their participation in JA helped them bridge the gap between what they learned in school and how it can be applied in the real world. Among Junior Achievement of Sacramento’s most popular classes are, “Global Marketing,” “Success Skills” and “America Works.” For more information, visit www.jasac.org.


April 11, 2012

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SACRAMENTO RECEIVES
GRANT FROM ARATA BROS.

Sacramento, CA - The Arata Brothers Trust has granted Junior Achievement of Sacramento $10,000 to support JA’s workforce readiness and financial literacy classes for students in the Greater Sacramento Area.

The grant will enable JA of Sacramento to extend the breadth of its programs, emphasizing the critical need for workforce readiness and financial education before young people leave high school to make their way in college and life.

The nonprofit currently serves almost 9,500 Sacramento area K-12th grade students annually. Demand for JA  has increased steadily over the past five years.

“We are honored and appreciative of the support of Arata Brothers Trust,” said Susan Vicchio, president of Junior Achievement of Sacramento. “The grant will allow us to expand our reach, helping equip young people with real-world skills that they can use on their way to a bright and successful future.”

About Junior Achievement

With more than 400 business volunteers from throughout the region, Junior Achievement of Sacramento provides programs for students in grades K-12 that focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit www.jasac.org.

 


 

March 6, 2012

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SACRAMENTO
RECEIVES PEAK PERFORMANCE TEAM HONORS

SACRAMENTO, CA – Junior Achievement of Sacramento has been awarded the Peak Performance Team award  from Junior Achievement USA. The Peak Performance Team Award recognizes superior annual performance by a Junior Achievement Area staff team.

To qualify for this award, JA offices must earn the Summit Award for 2010-2011 and 2009-2010, show growth in student participation and report a current year operating surplus.

Susan Vicchio, president of Junior Achievement of Sacramento, said, “During these trying economic times, we are thrilled to be growing our program and reaching more students. Thank you to our 400 volunteers who help us teach workforce readiness and financial literacy to Sacramento area young people every day.”

Last year, more than 9,400 Sacramento area students received JA programs. To learn more about Junior Achievement of Sacramento, visit www.jasac.org. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 138 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States.

 


Feb. 14, 2012

HIGH SCHOOLERS EXPERIENCE WORKING WORLD
AT AT&T JOB SHADOW DAY

West Sacramento site is world-class facility

SACRAMENTO, CA – Students from three Sacramento area high schools will try on different careers during Junior Achievement of Sacramento’s Job Shadow Day at AT&T on March 1.

Upwards of 50 students will team with AT&T mentors at AT&T’s West Sacramento printing and enclosing center where AT&T processes millions of mail pieces. This high-tech center employs computer operators, software developers, technical architects, fork lift operators and finance analysts, among others. Companies from throughout the world visit this center to learn about their model.

“We are so fortunate to partner with this talented workforce to offer our local youth an opportunity to receive valuable mentoring and learn about a variety of different jobs,” said JA Program Manager Susan Nelson.

Through the AT&T/JA Job Shadow Initiative, AT&T will provide job shadow opportunities to 100,000 high school students over five years. Since the $5.5 million job shadow initiative began in 2008, the program has reached more than 65,000 students in 211 cities. AT&T’s job shadow campaign is part of AT&T Aspire, a $100 million initiative to address high school success and workforce readiness.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 138 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 4.3 million students served by operations in 114 other countries worldwide.

Last year, more than 9,400 Sacramento area students received JA programs. To learn more about Junior Achievement of Sacramento, visit www.jasac.org.