$5,000 grant to expand program presented during launch event
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) and Junior Achievement of North Florida announced the launch of an innovative, new program called Skills to Achieve, an effort that invites high school students to participate in a stimulating, one-day program hosted by various corporations. Students learn what skills are needed to succeed in a specific industry, and employee-volunteers teach participating students lessons on financial literacy and workforce readiness using the Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum.
“The Skills to Achieve program developed for Voya Financial by Junior Achievement is a testament to both organizations’ commitment to youthful career exploration and financial success,” Steve St. Amand, president, Junior Achievement of North Florida. “Voya is a leader in financial planning, and Junior Achievement is the world’s largest financial literacy program provider. The partnership will help more young people appreciate the opportunities at their disposal and what they have to do to succeed.”
The launch event took place at Wolfson High School on April 20. The day began with a check presentation, followed by Voya employees teaching Wolfson High School students the JA curriculum designed to advance financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and workforce preparation.
“At Voya, we’re committed to supporting and leading initiatives that drive financial awareness and improve education,” said Jeff Machols, Voya leader and JA board member. “We recognize that, for meaningful change to occur, we need great partners like Junior Achievement and the many schools who participate in JA programs. We’re excited to build on our history of support for JA by launching the Skills to Achieve program, which furthers our goal of teaching hands-on, real-world content and fostering skills that will be essential for students to succeed in the future.”
About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $484 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2016. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
About Junior Achievement of North Florida
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.JAjax.com.