Wells Fargo Awards $35,000 to Junior Achievement of Central Indiana to Empower Young People to Own Their Future Success

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Wells Fargo presented Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JA) with $35,000 to support experiential learning programs for K-12 students that empower young people to plan and prepare for careers of the future. The nonprofit organization provides educational programs and curriculum focused on economic empowerment to nearly 40,000 students in more than 200 schools across 29 counties in central Indiana.

“At JA, we want to instill students with the knowledge and skills needed to help them be successful in the future,” said Jennifer Burk, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “The generous support from Wells Fargo and the formation of this incredible partnership locally will further JA’s mission to empower young people to own their future success and achieve their full potential.”

Through classroom-based and off-site experiential programs like JA BizTown or JA JobSpark, JA helps students in grades K-12 gain an understanding of career exploration, employability, life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy to inspire them to explore and create opportunities, make good decisions and believe in their potential. The funding from Wells Fargo will help JA continue its mission and grow the participation rates of its programs throughout the community. Wells Fargo funding will also support JA Jobspark, JA BizTown, where students in fifth grade become “adults for a day” at a simulated free market facility, in addition to supporting in-school programs and JA Finance Park.

Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Market Leader Candelario Martinez said, “This priceless experience lets students participate in experiential activities, interact with local professionals, learn about the skills needed for in-demand jobs and use equipment that is needed in those jobs. Wells Fargo is proud to make this investment in the future of Indiana.”  

This month, Martinez presented Burk and Junior Achievement with the check at JA BizTown surrounded by fifth-grade students participating in the program.

Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Burk, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana; Ashley Hughes, JA Board Member and Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank; Candelario Martinez, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement’s mission is to empower young people to own their future success. 

JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in kindergarten through high school. For more information, visit http://www.jaindy.org/.

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