ECMC Group Partners with JA

ECMC Group Partners with Junior Achievement to Help At-Risk Students at Minneapolis Schools

$20,000 Gift and Employee Volunteer Support Will Help Educate More Than 500 Students about Money Management

As a nonprofit corporation, ECMC Group’s mission is to help students succeed through programs promoting financial literacy, college access and college completion. To put the mission into action, ECMC Group has partnered with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) to bring programming to at-risk students in two Minneapolis schools. Through a $20,000 gift as well as employee volunteer support, ECMC Group will make it possible for more than 500 students at Banaadir Academy and Sanford Middle School to participate in Junior Achievement (JA) programs at no cost.

“Junior Achievement provides a wealth of educational materials that help young people learn about money management and we are thrilled to work with them to expand their reach,” said Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group. “Together we are building a base of knowledge in these young people that will help them succeed now and into the future.”

Through JA’s age-appropriate curriculum, students engage in relevant, experiential learning opportunities that introduce them to basic economic concepts like money management, entrepreneurship and career exploration. In addition to financial support, ECMC Group employees will also volunteer their time to deliver JA programs at the schools.

“ECMC Group is a wonderful example of how one organization can make a difference in the lives of young people in our community,” said Gina Blayney, president and CEO of JAUM. “By giving financial and volunteer support, ECMC Group helps our region’s students develop 21st century skills that will make them stronger contributors to our communities, businesses and economy.”

At Banaadir Academy, an all-Somali charter school in North Minneapolis, ECMC Group volunteers will spend half a day sharing their experiences and teaching important concepts about business, money and the relevance of education to new immigrant students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

At Sanford Middle School in South Minneapolis, ECMC Group’s support will allow students to learn personal finance skills at JA Finance Park, an experiential learning lab located at JAUM headquarters in Maplewood, Minn. As an underserved school, Sanford has relied upon scholarships and corporate partners to fund its visits to JA Finance Park. By providing the funds for this scholarship, ECMC Group will ensure that Sanford students receive JA’s impactful, experiential programming at no cost.

This commitment is part of a national strategic partnership between ECMC Group and JA where other major ECMC Group offices across the country will invest grants totaling $80,000 and volunteer time throughout 2017 and beyond.

About ECMC Group
ECMC Group is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed. All companies in the ECMC Group family work together to fulfill this mission. ECMC Group and its affiliates invest heavily in programs promoting financial literacy, college access and college completion. ECMC Foundation, an ECMC Group affiliate, invests in improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. ECMC Group affiliate Zenith Education Group is one of the largest nonprofit career education providers in the U.S., dedicated to promoting the long-term success of its students and graduates measured by program completion and job placement rates. Zenith schools operate under the Altierus and WyoTech names. Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is a nonprofit ECMC Group affiliate that provides support for the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program as a student loan guaranty agency. For more information, go to