Junior Achievement of Lincoln has been awarded a $15,000 grant from State Farm to provide financial literacy education in Lincoln. This partnership will focus on growth and outreach across all Lincoln Public Schools and Lincoln’s parochial schools.

Junior Achievement President Tera Norris says, “Junior Achievement of Lincoln has experienced a significant demand from teachers for our programs over the last several years, and this financial gift from State Farm helps us empower and impact even more K-12 students to be prepared for their futures beyond high school.”

Junior Achievement of Lincoln annually serves more than 31,000 K-12 students, taught by more than 800 business and community role model volunteers. JA serves students in every school in Lincoln, both public and parochial. Programs have more than doubled over the last eight years for the JA curriculum - which makes the need for classroom volunteers greater than ever.

JA is in its busiest time of year with the number of classrooms taking place this spring. A recent study conducted by State Farm revealed the following about volunteer trends:

• Only 23 percent of younger Millennials (under age 30) volunteer compared to 46 percent of older Millennials;

• Fifty-eight percent of Millennials surveyed said they visited a website to learn more about volunteer opportunities; and

• The desire to meet new people drives approximately 22 percent of Millennials to volunteer.

“State Farm believes in the importance of community and volunteerism,” said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Pargett. “We support what Junior Achievement is doing to give these young people the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.”

If you would like to give five hours to volunteer in a JA classroom this spring, contact Tera Norris at tnorris@jalincoln.org or go to jalincoln.org.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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