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January 15, 2014
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Jelavich family donates $100k for education


SACRAMENTO — Junior Achievement of Sacramento has received a $100,000 grant from John Jelavich, CEO of River Valley Community Bank, and his wife, Karin Jelavich, retired Sutter County educator and administrator. This one-time transformational gift will provide the seed money necessary to bring Junior Achievement economic empowerment education to kindergarten through 12th-grade youth in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and (western) Nevada counties (the “Greater River Valley Area”).

The funding will be used to get JA programs up and running across the area, as well as to establish the necessary partnerships, program delivery methods and framework to ensure ongoing programs for years to come.

John and Karin Jelavich have spent their entire careers in the area, John in banking and Karin in education.

“We both agree that financial education has been lacking in our schools and the need is great. We believe our youth need more than what they’re getting if they’re going to be prepared and have good opportunities once they complete their education,” said John Jelavich.

Karin Jelavich added, “JA is a vehicle that can help achieve this over time. This area has been good to us, and this is our way of giving back. We look forward to working with business leaders and educators throughout the area to get the program started.”

Junior Achievement of Sacramento is a local chapter of an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower young people to own their future economic success. JA’s programs are delivered at a local level to schools in partnership with the business community, which provides the funding and volunteers necessary to deliver the innovative financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship programs. This generous gift will enable Junior Achievement to expand into the Greater River Valley Area for the first time.

“These communities are all close to our heart,” said Karin Jelavich. “Our hope is that this thing will take off and perpetuate and grow in this community long after we are gone.”

Target pilot programs will be conducted in the spring of 2014 and will help expand the number of young people who reach adulthood ready for work and prepared to manage themselves financially.

If you are interested in getting your workplace or school involved in this exciting program, contact Junior Achievement of Sacramento at 916-480-2770, ext. 12, or email at development@jasac.org.

“We both agree that financial education has been lacking in our schools and the need is great. We believe our youth need more than what they’re getting if they’re going to be prepared and have good opportunities once they complete their education.”
John Jelavich
River Valley Community Bank CEO


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