Fasen Silver Leadership Award

Local Junior Achievement Volunteer Earns Top Leadership Award

Voya Financial Executive Receives Junior Achievement’s Elite Award for Empowering Students to Own Their Economic Success

Maplewood, MN – Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest announced that Kurt Fasen, Senior Vice President/Head of Marketing & Sales Support at Voya Financial, has been chosen from more than 237,000 U.S. volunteers to earn the organization’s award for volunteerism, the Silver Leadership Award.

The purpose of the Silver Leadership Award is to recognize Junior Achievement volunteers who have performed outstanding service at all levels within the organization. JA volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, volunteers help students make the connection between what they learn in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.

“Kurt is a wonderful example of how one person can make such a huge difference in the lives of young people in our community,” said Gina Blayney, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest.

“The local business community has been extremely supportive of Junior Achievement’s goal of inspiring local students to succeed in the global economy,” said Blayney. “Kurt is a remarkable example of that spirit of generosity. In a very real way, he helps our region’s students develop financial literacy, career and college readiness and entrepreneurship skills, contribute to the community and participate in the revitalization of the economy. He also encourages his colleagues at Voya to serve as mentors to local students.”

Junior Achievement’s Silver Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence. The award is presented in recognition of participation and leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s student impact, increasing resources and/or operational excellence and sustainability.
According to a recent survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA®, 98 percent of JA volunteers are either extremely satisfied, very satisfied or satisfied with their volunteer experience at Junior Achievement. JA volunteers gain valuable personal skills, job skills and other professional development advances from their JA experience.

For information on how you can get involved and become a Junior Achievement volunteer, please call 651.255.0055 or visit www.jaum.org/volunteer.