Thursday, May 17, 2012

Elavon Employees Became Teachers for a Day to Help Students Prepare for their Future Economic Success

By Holly Lytle

Elavon employees taught kindergarten through fifth grade students at Northwood Elementary School the ‘economics of life’

ATLANTA, Ga. – May 17, 2012 – More than 80 employee volunteers from Elavon, a leading global provider of payment services and wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB), led lessons to help students at Northwood Elementary School prepare for the challenges and rewards of living in a global economy. Broken into groups by grade levels, employees directed students as they worked through activities that focus on core concepts of business, personal finance and how education is relevant to the workplace. The half-day event, held May 2, was done in partnership with the school and Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia.

“We are developing a long-term partnership with Junior Achievement that provides our employees an invaluable opportunity to serve our local community by investing in the future of our children and our country,” said Mike Passilla, CEO of Elavon. “Our mission at Elavon is to enable global commerce. Together with JA’s mission to provide financial literacy programs to children, we are working jointly to enable work force readiness in our global economy.

“Junior Achievement programs are designed to bring professionals into the classroom environment to add real-world relevancy to the lessons and enable students to connect the value of education to future success,” said Jack Harris, President of Junior Achievement of Georgia. “This year, JA will reach more than 115,000 students in metro Atlanta schools. This is only possible with the support of volunteers from companies like Elavon.”

Each school year, JA of Georgia partners with elementary, middle and high schools across metro Atlanta to teach students about entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness. JA of Georgia is a nonprofit organization focused on youth development in areas of education development and economic development.

About Elavon (www.elavon.com): Elavon is wholly owned by U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and provides end-to-end payment processing solutions and services to more than one million merchants in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Elavon markets solutions including credit and debit card processing, electronic gift cards, dynamic currency conversion, multi-currency support, and cross-border acquiring through multiple alliance channels including financial institutions, trade associations, third party sales agents; as well through direct sales. Elavon’s suite of solutions is tailored to meet the needs of merchants in specialized markets such as retail, hospitality/T&E, health care, education and the public sector.

About Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make educated academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences to students from kindergarten through high school. JA of Georgia offers multiple programs, including in-class programs, JAMS, JA Job Shadow, JA Fellows, and JA College Pipeline, all of which focus on entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness. During the 2011/2012 school year, JA of Georgia expects to impact more than 155,000 students statewide through six district offices located in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah. For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org

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