Junior Achievement and 1st Source Bank announce contribution and matching campaign to provide new educational opportunities for area students
Elkhart, IN – Junior Achievement (JA) is excited to announce that its innovative financial education programs JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® based in Fort Wayne are now available to students in Elkhart County thanks to a generous $17,000 grant provided by 1st Source Bank.
1st Source Regional President Bill Burton joined 1st Source Private Banker and JA Board Member Jim Story, in presenting the donation to Junior Achievement. Burton also announced a 1st Source matching campaign to assist JA in raising additional funds.
“1st Source Bank is pleased to partner with JA to ensure that more kids have access to its innovative BizTown and Finance Park programs,” said Burton. “We invite area businesses and community leaders to join us in contributing funds so that more kids can have this experience and one day in the future we can have this programming closer to home.”
To encourage other businesses and community leaders to assist with this effort, 1st Source Bank will donate $1 to JA for every $2 contributed up to $75,000 in both 2016 and 2017. The funds will be allocated across seven counties in our region, just as 1st Source’s $17,000 contribution to JA in Elkhart County was part of a larger $75,000 contribution.
Students from area schools have begun attending Finance Park and BizTown through the 1st Source grant and additional trips will be scheduled soon, with funds from the grant also being used for personal finance classes in area schools.
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a daylong visit to a fully interactive, simulated town in Fort Wayne. The program helps elementary students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. JA Finance Park brings together in-class learning with an immersion into the adult world of family budgeting. During a full-day visit to Fort Wayne, middle and high school students explore options related to a number of choices they may have when living within their own future family budget.
Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest and largest provider of economic education for young people. JA brings caring, trained adults into the classroom to deliver relevant and engaging lessons on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Within the Michiana community, JA will reach over 25,500 students during the current school year. For more information on how to, visit help empower young people to own their economic future, visit www.jani.org.
1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has assets of $5.2 billion and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area. The Corporation includes 81 banking centers, 22 1st Source Bank Specialty Finance Group locations nationwide, eight Trust and Wealth Management locations and ten 1st Source Insurance offices. For more than 150 years, 1st Source has been committed to the success of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.1stsource.com.
Photograph: 1st Source’s Jim Story and Bill Burton (middle) present donation to officials from Junior Achievement.
Media Contact: Angie Dvorak, (574) 235-2000