PSECU Financial Education Manager Sara K. Weiser Honored with Junior Achievement USA Leadership Award
Harrisburg, PA - August 15, 2017 - PSECU Financial Education Manager Sara K. Weiser was recently honored by Junior Achievement (JA) USA with a 2016-17 Bronze Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals in the community who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to JA's mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. She was one of just six South Central Pennsylvania recipients this year who received this prestigious honor.
Weiser has been involved with Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania (JASCPA) since she began working with PSECU more than three and a half years ago. Her initial efforts in this capacity were aimed at aligning JASCPA's mission with PSECU's focus on financial education to help students K-12 learn important financial skills and information in a fun way. Since then, Weiser's involvement has grown to include service on the Harrisburg Regional Council for JASCPA and participation on the Steering Committee for the Central Young Women's Futures Symposium. Additionally, she has taken on multiple other JASCPA commitments ranging from in-class programs and one-day special events to fundraising and completing grant applications. Weiser also coordinated an increase in the support provided to JASCPA by PSECU, raising the total to over $10,000 a year.
"My involvement with Junior Achievement has been extremely rewarding, and I am humbled to receive this award. I hold the organization in the highest esteem and love bringing financial education to students in a way that is fun and engaging," Weiser said. "It's been a privilege to work alongside JASCPA's talented staff and the hundreds of dedicated volunteers that make their programming possible. I encourage anyone unfamiliar with the organization to find their local office on juniorachievement.org and get involved in bringing this crucial programming to their community."
Globally, Junior Achievement Worldwide is the largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, through experiential, hands-on programs. JA of South Central PA reached over 85,000 students in the 2016-2017 school year, and this upcoming school year is likely to reach more than 100,000 students. JA of South Central PA covers fourteen counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, and York.
"We present this award to members of our board and regional councils who go above and beyond in their service to the organization. We are proud to present this award to Sara Weiser, a member of our Harrisburg Regional Council," said Tom Russell, JASCPA President. "Sara has been an in-class volunteer at several schools, a volunteer for REAL Life and YES!, serves on the Young Women's Futures Symposium committee, and helps recruit other PSECU employees to volunteer."
Weiser holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where she double-concentrated in Education and Psychology, and a Master of Arts from The Pennsylvania State University in Community Psychology and Social Change, with a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Administration. She is also a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor through Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Her goal is to empower individuals by providing education on key financial management topics that are relevant in their everyday lives.
"On behalf of PSECU, I commend Sara Weiser on this outstanding accomplishment and thank her for her dedication to the community," said PSECU President Greg Smith. "As a credit union, we are committed to providing outstanding service to our members and potential members on a daily basis. To reach that goal, we fully support and encourage our staff's endeavors to give their time and effort to local community organizations. Sara's work with Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania is exemplary of that concept."
Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where pooled resources benefit all members. Today, we are a full-service credit union serving more than 400,000 members and have over $5 billion in assets. As a not-for-profit financial institution, our goal remains to help our members and their families achieve a better life. For more information about PSECU, visit psecu.com. View our Community Report Card to learn how we contribute to the greater good.