CoBank and Cellcom partner to Send Kids to Entrepreneur Camp

  (January 18, 2016) – Summer may be months away, but CoBank and Cellcom have partnered to get ready for summer camp. The companies are donating $5,000 to sponsor Junior Achievement of Brown County’s Be an Entrepreneur Camp, which will take place in June 2016. The camp is a free opportunity for local high school students to spend a week learning from business leaders about being an entrepreneur. “JA in Brown County hosted JA Be an Entrepreneur Camp for the first time in 2015. Because of tremendous community support, there was no cost to the students to attend,” said Sue Schwartz, Director of JA. “Thanks to partners like CoBank and Cellcom, we look forward to offering this immersive experience again in 2016. With support from community-minded companies like these, we are able to give young people the knowledge they need to start their own business and really empower them to succeed in the real world.” Cobank offers a Sharing Success program, which matches contributions for its customers to non-profit organizations. “We continue to believe that the best way for CoBank to make a meaningful impact in terms of corporate citizenship is to partner with our customers,” said Bob Engel, CoBank’s chief executive officer. “Across rural America, cooperatives of all kinds are supporting charitable organizations and working to advance the growth and development of their communities. Sharing Success enables CoBank to leverage that local knowledge and expertise and provide assistance to causes that our customers care deeply about.” Cellcom, as a longtime customer of CoBank, was proud to use this matching program to expand the reach of its community efforts. Each year Cellcom, along with the Nsight family of companies, supports over 500 programs, project and initiatives with children and education being a key area of focus. Cellcom has been a proud sponsor of Junior Achievement for many years “Cellcom is a committed advocate for youth and education and we really look for opportunities to partner with organizations that set students up for academic success,” said Patrick D. Riordan, president and CEO of Cellcom. “Junior Achievement’s programs, including Be an Entrepreneur Camp, find impactful ways to not only connect with kids, but inspire them to achieve great things.” Junior Achievement will accept applications for Be an Entrepreneur Campstarting in April of 2016.        
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