Author: Sarah Koci Scheilz
Published: Monday, 18 Nov 2019
Kansas City, Missouri (November 18, 2019) — Students across the Kansas City metro area will thrive as a result of a transformational $1 million gift from CommunityAmerica Credit Union. The partnership is longstanding, with the organization’s first gift made to Junior Achievement in 1997. With this latest gift, CommunityAmerica’s lifetime investment in JA totals $1,285,436. CommunityAmerica’s gift is the largest in JAKC’s 64-year history.
“Every child deserves to believe in themselves — and to have the tools to do it,” shared Megan Sturges Stanfield, the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City. “CommunityAmerica’s generous and lasting partnership means we can provide experiential learning like never before, bringing conversations about money, careers and business ownership to life in new and innovative ways.”
To commemorate this historic gift and celebrate the longstanding commitment to Junior Achievement’s initiatives, JAKC honored CommunityAmerica with the Junior Achievement Centennial Award, named in celebration of the historic 100th year for the national organization. Junior Achievement presented CommunityAmerica’s CEO, Lisa Ginter, with the award at its annual Business Hall of Fame event on November 15, 2019.
CommunityAmerica team members began volunteering with Junior Achievement in 2005 and have done so ever since. Over the past two decades, CommunityAmerica has delivered over 45,000 hours of learning and served as volunteers and mentors to more than 6,000 students.
“On behalf of CommunityAmerica Credit Union, we are beyond thrilled to receive the Centennial Award from Junior Achievement,” says Lisa Ginter, CEO of CommunityAmerica. “Financial peace of mind is truly at the heart of our philanthropic efforts, and what we strive to help our members work towards every day across Kansas City.”
JAKC’s volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.
“Through our research, experience and work in the community, we know the principles of sound money management must be taught early, and it’s only through partners like Junior Achievement that we’re able to instill those values in local youth,” Ginter explains. “We love this growing partnership and are truly honored to receive this recognition from an organization creating bright futures in our backyard. Our gift is minuscule in comparison to the impact these JA students will make someday.”
During the 2018-2019 school year, JAKC served 24,870 students across the Kansas City metro. The success of JAKC hinges on dedicated volunteers and partners, including CommunityAmerica.
“Without positive professional role models in their lives, it can be challenging for students to dream big and visualize themselves in a professional role someday,” says Megan Sturges Stanfield, President and CEO of JAKC. “But with volunteer mentor support and guidance, our students become empowered. Volunteer role models guide JA students, casting a vision for the future and showing them what it looks like to thrive as a professional. Junior Achievement experiences allow our young people to believe in their potential.”
“It’s never been more important to empower the students in our community,” Megan Sturges Stanfield adds. “Junior Achievement’s programs ignite a spark in students, so they’re equipped to pursue their goals and thrive as the next generation of professionals in Kansas City. And because of CommunityAmerica, we’ll be able to accomplish this in innovative ways. There is so much on the horizon for Junior Achievement, and we’re truly excited about the impact this gift will make on Kansas City.”