State Farm announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. (JA). JA is a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares young people to embrace free enterprise and succeed in a global economy by emphasizing the importance of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce development.
Funds will be used to support JA Finance Park, an experiential learning program that introduces teens to personal financial planning and career exploration. Funds will also be used to implement financial education curriculum in classrooms throughout Denver, Northern Colorado and Eastern Wyoming.
State Farm has a long history of supporting JA’s mission through both funds and volunteers. During just the past four years, State Farm volunteers have generously prepared nearly 4000 Colorado students with the skills and knowledge they need to own their future financial success. More than 125 volunteers from the company have actively participated in sharing their personal and professional stories with classrooms of students through JA.
The State Farm commitment to JA goes beyond Colorado’s borders. In fact, State Farm was presented with a 2013/14 Junior Achievement USA (JA) Bronze U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year. As a corporate contributor since 1995, State Farm has financially supported more than 50 JA affiliates at the local level. In addition to financial support, State Farm associates volunteered more than 5,000 volunteer hours nationally during the 2013/14 school year.
“We’re so pleased with the continued commitment from State Farm to Junior Achievement and want to thank the many volunteers from the company who serve as role models to our local students,” said Robin Wise, President of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. “The generous support of organizations like State Farm makes it possible for JA to offer vital programs at no cost to schools.” State Farm presented JA with a big check at JA Finance Park on April 22, 2:30 p.m. MST
“We’re honored to have played a part helping JA reach their goals by providing financial literacy to thousands right here in Colorado,” says JA Volunteer and Parker State Farm Agent Andy Silver. “It’s with our combined strength we’re able to help children in our communities learn the importance of financial planning now, while reaching for the sky in pursuit of their future careers.”
State Farm has a rich history of giving back. State Farm’s values – support building safer, stronger and better educated communities – remain unchanged since their founding in 1922.