Infor Volunteers Help Elementary School Students Prepare for the Future
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that employees in its St. Paul, Minn., office will partner with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) to help teach the basic principles of economics and entrepreneurship at elementary schools throughout the city. JAUM is a non-profit organization that works with more than 150,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin to teach the core concepts of business, effective money management and college and career readiness. Approximately 90 Infor employees will sponsor a different elementary school in St. Paul each quarter to help teach JAUM curriculum to students.
"Partnering with organizations like Infor helps us to promote our mission in more schools, impacting the lives of more students," said Gina Blayney, president and chief executive officer, JAUM. "Infor, like JAUM, is passionate about what they do, and we look forward to providing students with face-to-face access to their employees and expertise."
Infor plans to launch this initiative on May 1, 2014, when its business development team in St. Paul will teach students at Lake Phalen Elementary School for the day. An underperforming school by state standards, Infor will help reinforce the concept that these students can impact the world around them as future contributing members of the workforce. Infor's senior director of Global Business Development, Megan Dahlen, also plans to serve on the JAUM Project Lead Advisory Board, which is comprised of established and emerging leaders from the local corporate community.
"JAUM is preparing today's youth to succeed by teaching them skills like financial literacy and career success that they might not necessarily learn in standard courses," said Megan Dahlen, senior director, Global Business Development, Infor. "We look forward to promoting JAUM's cause and expanding their resource pool by volunteering the time and knowledge of our employees."
Infor is committed to helping organizations such as JAUM, Habitat for Humanity International, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society improve the lives and communities of people around the world. For more information on Infor's corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit www.infor.com/company/corporate-citizenship/.
Headquartered in New York City, Infor has a long history with the twin cities and recently signed a lease to remain a tenant of the Lawson Commons building in St. Paul. Since its acquisition of St. Paul-based Lawson Software in 2011, the company has demonstrated continued commitment to its local employee base of more than 550 and to the community through projects like its partnership with JAUM.
About Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc. (JAUM)
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest has been serving students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin since 1949. This school year the organization will reach more than 152,000 students in grades K-12 with financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship education. Programs are implemented by more than 7,000 volunteers, mostly business professionals, who share their skills and experience to motivate and inspire students to succeed. Learn more at www.jaum.org.
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