In celebration of Junior Achievement’s 100-year anniversary and the opening of our new home office in downtown Bettendorf, Iowa, the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation has contributed a $100,000 grant to Junior Achievement of the Heartland to help youth better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in the ability to manage their financial future. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period with support continuing through 2023-2024.
“The mission of Junior Achievement is directly aligned with Ascentra and the credit union’s philosophy,” said Dale Owen, President and CEO of Ascentra Credit Union. “Just as we have invested in our organization, we are continuing to invest in the young people of our region and their future.”
Junior Achievement of the Heartland offers financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to students in grades K-12 helping them learn important skills like creating a budget, becoming work ready and developing a business plan. The majority of these core-mission programs are offered to schools at no cost.
The foundation’s contribution will ensure continued support in helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need to make smart academic and economic choices.
“We are grateful for the significant partnership the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation is providing to benefit more students with JA’s proven programs,” said Dougal Nelson, President and CEO, JA of the Heartland. “It is vital, we as a community, help our youth better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in their ability to manage their financial future. The foundation’s partnership demonstrates their dedication to our community in helping prepare our youth for their economic success.”
In addition, Ascentra’s employees will continue to serve as JA classroom volunteers and participate in other special events, such as the JA Bowl-A-Thon and the JA Titan Competition.
More information about Ascentra Credit Union Foundation’s mission can be found at www.ascentra.org/foundation.