The 2015 Junior Achievement (JUAM) awards ceremony recognized the outstanding effort of the Infor Business Development Team at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Winning the 2014-15 JUAM Emerging Partner of the Year award, the St. Paul business development representatives (BDRs) were recognized for their aid and support of JUAM's mission to inspire and prepare more than 157,700 children to succeed in a global economy.
153 Infor St. Paul BDRs began volunteering with JUAM more than a year ago-helping over 2,000 students in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, develop an understanding of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and how to make an impact.
"Junior Achievement is a fantastic way to give back to your community," said Maggie Bauer, Infor Junior Achievement Project team lead. "Volunteering with Junior Achievement gives underprivileged children the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world around them. For some of these students, it may be the first time they have met someone who wears a suit to work."
Infor BDRs volunteer twice a year at Junior Achievement-in-a-Day events, where they visit an elementary school and teach financial literacy programs created by Junior Achievement professional curriculum development staff.
Inside sales representative Elliot Benedict describes what he has taken away from this experience: "It makes you appreciate the hard work that teachers put in day-in and day-out. The excitement that the students demonstrate when you walk into the classroom is so rewarding, since they are so eager to learn!"
Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. The programs continue through the middle and high school, focusing on the key content areas of financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship.
"This one-day volunteer event was truly an invaluable experience for the St. Paul BDR Department," recalls Mandi Stebbins. "And what's a fun day out in the community without a little bit of celebration? We all headed to the local cheery haunt Patrick McGovern's Pub afterwards for a BDR team get-together that was full of rich conversation, delicious food and beverages, and even a wing eating competition."
Here's to another great year of volunteer opportunities for the St. Paul BDRs.