Junior Achievement Welcomes Jennifer Rathke as New Board Member


Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Northwest Wisconsin is pleased to announce a new board of director.

Jennifer Rathke, Vice President-Member Advocacy for WESTconsin Credit Union recently accepted a seat on the JA board of directors. Jennifer has a passion for spreading awareness of the Credit Union Difference and helping people achieve financial wellness which she advocates with state and federal legislators as well as members of local communities throughout west central Wisconsin.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, she said. “Making the connections about financial wellness, entrepreneurship and community with our area youth has always been something I take pride in being a part of.” Rathke is also a current JA classroom volunteer and has taught Junior Achievement in the Eau Claire Area School District for the past six years. Jennifer added that she enjoys the excitement and level of energy the students bring. “I look forward to the collaboration with peers to continue to bring this critical information to our area youth she said.”

Jennifer is a lifelong area resident of the area and is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Sociology as well as a certificate in Supervisory Management. 

About Junior Achievement® Junior Achievement (JA) 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. As a nonprofit organization, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. 

Locally, Junior Achievement has 12 area offices across Wisconsin and serve approximately 153,000 students mentored by nearly 9,000 volunteers. Northwestern Wisconsin staff collaborates with more than 690 volunteers and 670 teachers, educating more than 18,500 students throughout northwestern Wisconsin last school year. For more information visit us at wisconsin.ja.org or call 715-835-5566.

Jennifer's involvement with Junior Achievement is right at home with WESTconsin Credit Union's purpose and the credit union principles. One of these principles is 
Financial Education for Members. Through specialized programs, credit unions assist members to become better-educated consumers of financial services. Another principle is the Social Purpose of People Helping People. This is the founding philosophy among all cooperatives. The goal is to serve the entire field of membership well – every member counts. This ‘people-first’ mindset empowers members and employees to get involved in many charitable activities and worthwhile causes. 

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