Voya Financial and Voya Foundation fund several signature partnerships that serve the K-12 and higher education communities:
By working with volunteers, educators, parents and others, Junior Achievement seeks to educate and inspire students to value free enterprise and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Voya Foundation has partnered with Junior Achievement USA as well as working with select Junior Achievement chapters to help teach children the basics of saving and investing. In particular, we support JA’s Discovery Center Finance Park program, an experiential financial literacy center where students learn about saving, budgeting, household expenditures, and investments based on life’s stages, income and family composition. This program has reached thousands of children since its inception and has engaged countless employees of Voya Financial as volunteer educators to provide the award-winning JA curriculum to children. Voya Foundation also funded the JA Influencer, an online resource to help students better understand the economics of topics including workforce readiness, college, careers, entrepreneurship and more.
Voya Foundation provides college scholarships to select individuals who have successfully completed its programming and are working toward degrees and certificates in higher education. In addition, Voya Scholars® houses scholarships awarded as a component of other Voya Foundation programming.
Voya STEM Futures
Voya STEM Futures is Voya Financial’s signature program focused on providing students in grades K – 8 with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge vital to be competitive in the 21st century workforce. In cooperation with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Voya STEM Futures provides grants to science museums in seven locations nationally. Participating museums are afforded the opportunity to develop meaningful, innovative and sustainable programming that has a direct and measurable impact on a child’s interest in pursuing STEM degrees and careers. Voya STEM Futures has provided children as young as five with opportunities to engineer roller coasters, learn to use 3D printers, study the biological impacts of polluted water and engage in other workshops designed to engage them in the future of STEM.
Voya Teacher Voices®
Voya Teacher Voices is Voya Financial’s new signature program focused on empowering educators. Voya Teacher Voices reinforces the fact that teachers are leaders by elevating the teaching career, recognizes high-achieving educators, provides training opportunities to expand educator expertise, and grants funding for educators to pursue innovative curriculum design in the classroom.
Voya Teacher Voices also includes Voya Unsung Heroes®, which recognizes those classroom heroes who take teaching to new heights and make learning fun. Each year, Voya Financial presents 50 Unsung Heroes grants totaling $140,000 to help fund innovative classroom projects nationwide.