Students will learn important entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness skills, thanks to a generous support from AIG that will implement Junior Achievement (JA) programs in Chicago schools.
“One of Junior Achievement’s main goals is to empower young people to own their economic success by helping them understand the benefits of saving, budgeting and investing,” said Maria Ramos, VP of City Operations for JA of Chicago. “We’re pleased to celebrate AIG’s and JA’s centennial by providing the knowledge, mentorship and resources necessary through this partnership to help our young people grow up to be successful adults.”
"We are on a mission to ensure that every American achieves a secure, fulfilling retirement, and that includes kids," said Rob Scheinerman, President of AIG Group Retirement. "Whether for teens or adults, through the work we do with Junior Achievement and other financial literacy efforts we support, we want to help people gain a deeper understanding of the importance of lifetime income, realize the true cost of retirement, and develop a solid plan for the future."
AIG has been a longtime strategic partner and friend of JA. In its sixth year, AIG, has gifted funds to support Junior Achievement programs, as well as recruited and trained employee volunteers to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to make smart academic and economic choices. This year’s grant will serve schools in 22 locations, including: Amarillo, Texas; Atlanta; Berkeley Heights, NJ; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Nashville; New York; Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Dublin, Ireland; Jakarta, Indonesia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, England; Muntinlupa City, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Quito, Ecuador; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Toronto, Ontario. As part of the partnership, AIG employees will engage as dedicated classroom teachers, capstone volunteers and board members, as well as support other special events. \
"AIG partners with organizations like Junior Achievement to help young people obtain the information they need to be more prepared for and to feel more confident about their futures," said Laura Gallagher, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at AIG. Junior Achievement’s programs are in direct correlation with AIG’s commitment to supporting financial education and workforce readiness.