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Ameren Illinois to Provide Work-Readiness & Financial Literacy Programs in Western Illinois Counties

Posted on October 5, 2016


Ameren Illinois representatives present Junior Achievement of the Heartland with $3,000 check to support local students benefiting from JA’s financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs throughout their service area.  (L to R:  Julie Dillie, Development Director – Junior Achievement of the Heartland, along with The Ameren Illinois Galesburg OC representatives Gabe Jones, Jon Reick, Bill Rosecrans, and Mike Norman.

Moline, IL - Ameren Illinois presented Junior Achievement of the Heartland with a $3,000 check to support JA’s core-mission programs offered to schools throughout Bureau, Henry, La Salle, Lee, and Whiteside counties.
During the 2016-2017 school year more than 8,000 students, grades kindergarten through high school, will benefit from a JA program.  Junior Achievement of the Heartland provides financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to area schools at no cost.  Community partners, like Ameren Illinois, support these programs by providing financial and volunteer resources.
Daetta Jones, Division Director for Ameren Illinois, said, "Ameren Illinois is proud to support Junior Achievement of the Heartland. Their work to economically empower youth in areas such as entrepreneurship and financial literacy helps students achieve success for themselves and their community."

“We are grateful for Ameren’s investment in Junior Achievement’s mission in their service area,” said Julie Dillie, Development Director for Junior Achievement of the Heartland.  “It is through partnerships like this that we are able to fulfill the demand for JA in local schools and prepare students for life after graduation.”
Through Junior Achievement programs, students are able to bridge the gap between concepts taught in the classroom and how they apply to the real world.  Program evaluations demonstrate that students participating in JA improve their 21st century skills, such as decision-making, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and teamwork.  They also improve skills that make them more competitive in the workforce, including financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 112 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin. More than 56,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit from JA programs each year. Visit for more information.