Junior Achievement and 1st Source Bank announce new educational opportunities for area students

Mishawaka, IN – Junior Achievement (JA) and 1st Source Bank joined together at Fred J. Hums Elementary in Mishawaka today to celebrate new financial education opportunities for area students. Thanks to a generous $75,000 grant from 1st Source Bank, area students are now able to participate in JA’s Fort Wayne based JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® financial education programs which provide hands-on learning opportunities.


Today’s celebration included fourth and fifth grade students from Hums who traveled to Fort Wayne yesterday to participate in the BizTown programming. Students from Liberty Elementary who also recently experienced BizTown participated in the celebration remotely via Google Hangout.


The innovative BizTown and Finance Park programs are available to area students thanks to a $75,000 grant from 1st Source Bank. Ron Zeltwanger, 1st Source Central Region President, presented the donation and announced a matching campaign to assist JA in raising additional funds so that more area students can experience the programming. Through the campaign, 1st Source Bank will donate $1 to JA for every $2 contributed up to $75,000 in both 2016 and 2017.


“1st Source Bank is pleased to partner with JA,” said Zeltwanger. “We invite area businesses and community leaders to join us with their financial support so that more kids can experience BizTown and Finance Park and one day in the future we can have this programming closer to home.”


“JA is grateful to 1st Source for the opportunity to send Michiana kids to JA’s Capstone programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, which are truly life-changing, memorable experiences for young people,” said JA’s Beth Harsch. “Combine these with our in-class lessons delivered by local business people and we are truly empowering our community’s future.”


At the celebration, students told of their BizTown experiences, which ranged from being an attorney, broadcast journalist, banker and engineer. Students worked in their assigned profession and were given a paycheck which they had to use to pay bills.


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. 

Media Contact: Angie Dvorak, (574) 235-2000