At Voya Financial™, we believe that empowering individuals to better understand and take control of their finances is an essential first step toward building a secure and rewarding future. We help people become financially independent by increasing their knowledge of and comfort with financial matters — especially underserved groups such as minorities.
Our charitable efforts focus on encouraging better savings and investing habits early. Promoting financial literacy is a natural way for us to share our expertise and align our outreach activities with our core business interests and skills. In the process, we help build stronger communities. We do this by developing signature partnerships with non-profit organizations that share our financial education mission as well as funding grants to eligible charitable organizations. Our key signature financial education partnerships include programs with Junior Achievement and Girls Inc.
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. The 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.
Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge
Voya Financial™ (formerly ING U.S.), in partnership with Girls Inc., launched the Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge (formerly, the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge) — an innovative program that gives participating girls practical, hands-on investing experience while allowing them to keep their gains in the form of college scholarships. With the help and guidance of trained Girls Inc. staff and Voya Financial employee volunteers, teams of girls ages 12-18 build and manage diversified, real-time portfolios as part of an integrated investment- and economic-literacy curriculum. The program began in New York, Denver, Los Angeles and Alameda county in California and subsequently expanded into metro Atlanta, Holyoke, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. To learn more, watch this video.