Kohl's donates $1 million to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
Money supports students in Milwaukee and W.O.W. counties

Freeman Staff

July 10, 2019

MENOMONEE FALLS — Students who attend schools in the greater Milwaukee area may benefit from a $1 million donation over three years from Kohl’s to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

The money will provide more than 70,000 students in southeastern Wisconsin with economic and financial literacy education at the JA Kohl’s Education Center. According to Tuesday’s announcement, the funding will support the continuation of JA Capstone programming through JA Biz-Town and JA Finance Park.

“Kohl’s is honored to continue our partnership with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to help local students discover, learn and grow their business and financial knowledge through experiential learning,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s senior vice president, corporate communications. “Through JA Kohl’s Education Center, youth gain invaluable skills that will help them to plan for their futures and empower them as our next generation of business leaders.”

Ninety percent of the students who participate in JA Capstone programming attend schools from the metro-Milwaukee area, including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. Students attending schools within a 90-mile service range of the facility can also participate. The students range from fourth- through sixth grade for JA BizTown and seventh through 12th grade for JA Finance Park.

“We are deeply appreciative of Kohl’s continued partnership,” said Michael Frohna, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s president. “This funding will help ensure Wisconsin students develop the confidence, competence and character required to be effective employees, savvy consumers and wise financial managers that contribute to the vitality of our community for years to come.”

An initial $3 million commitment from Kohl’s Cares in 2009 allowed JA to build the JA Kohl’s Education Center and provide Milwaukee’s students with additional business, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education. Since then, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have committed nearly $7 million to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program, children’s books and plush toys are sold with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting charitable initiatives nationwide.