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Community Partnerships

Building Strong Relationships

Coalition for Business, Economics and Financial Literacy

In the summer of 2018, the WMC Foundation invited a group of Business Education thought leaders to come together so we could learn more about each other, discuss our unique programs and to brainstorm ways to increase our collective reach across the state. The meeting was so impactful, and the idea for the Coalition was born.

The mission of our group, to advocate for Business and Entrepreneurial Education; to communicate the differences between economic systems; and to promote personal financial literacy and responsibility in Wisconsin, with an emphasis on young people, meets quarterly.

Together, we are creating strong pathways to aid educators as they create learning opportunities for their students.

Building strong relationships with educational and community partners has enhanced the Business World programming, allowing us to increase our impact and growth throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Business World

Coalition Members

Asset Builders is a non-profit organization that has been teaching financial capability and economic empowerment to low and moderate income youth and families since 1999. The founders of Asset Builders goal was simple — to proactively educate and prepare individuals to avoid financial pitfalls and predatory practices, as well to show a better way to create personal wealth and economy stability.

AVID — Advanced Via Individual Determination — is a non-profit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. They train 85,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers and life.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With nearly a 75-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946.

Economics Wisconsin‘s vision is to educate every Wisconsin student in economic and free market concepts; understanding the underpinnings of the markets that shape our history, our society and our daily life. This statewide organization offers professional development for elementary and secondary teachers to assist them in educating students about economics and the free market, free enterprise system.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the national organization for all secondary school students participating in business education programs. It functions as an integral part of the instructional program of the business education curriculum in secondary schools. The purpose of FBLA is to provide additional integrated learning opportunities for students in business and/or business-related fields to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civics and personal responsibilities.

Junior Achievement has 109 local JA areas across the nation and together are the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s programs — in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy — ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize their opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

SecureFutures provides financial literacy programs and resources that empower students to make sound financial decisions. Their vision is to build strong communities where teens and their families make informed financial decisions and take control of their financial future.

WEBIT — Wisconsin Educators of Business & Information Technology — promotes lifelong learning and supports educators in the advancement of business and information technology education. The purpose of WEBIT is to create a network of lifelong learners, leaders and mentors in business and information technology education.

WMEA — Wisconsin Marketing Education Association — links marketing educators around the state, with a unified voice in curriculum development.” The purpose of WMEA is to foster the growth and development of marketing education, encourage and support the professional development of marketing educators, encourage understanding of and support for marketing education, recognize outstanding educators of marketing education, and maintain an efficient and effective Marketing Education Association that supports its members professionally.

Founded in 1892, the Wisconsin Bankers Association is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing 235 commercial banks and savings institutions and over 21,000 employees. Their mission is to promote a healthy environment for banks in Wisconsin that, in turn, focus on helping their local communities.


Community Partners

The Business World Program is proud to work with wonderful community groups, including the Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state, the Girl Scouts and Running Rebels to educate students beyond the school day. We are also proud to partner with local chambers of commerce to enhance our programs throughout the state.

Our goal is to collaborate with after-school programs to coordinate specialty events to enhance our partner’s educational and vocational programs.

Michelle Grajkowski

Interested in becoming a community partner?

If you would like to learn more about our community partnerships, please contact the Business World Program Senior Director, Michelle Grajkowski, via e-mail or by phone 608.258.3400.