Junior Achievement

Promoting Financial Literacy in Area Schools

students in classroom

First PREMIER Bank believes one of the biggest investments in our future should be supporting the financial literacy of our youth. To ensure students have a basic understanding of finances and investing, dozens of PREMIER associates donate their time and talents to Junior Achievement each year.


teacher in front of class

Junior Achievement is a volunteer-driven organization, committed to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success and plan for their futures. The group relies upon classroom volunteers, who deliver educational materials and share their experiences with students in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation.


Junior Achievement instructors generally commit one hour per day for a week, though some choose to spend an entire day in the classroom. With the required preparation work, First PREMIER Bank associates collectively donate more than 500 hours of volunteer service to Junior Achievement annually.


In Sioux Falls and Watertown, nearly 100 PREMIER associates volunteer as classroom instructors. Others serve on local Junior Achievement boards of directors. CEO Dana Dykhouse serves on Junior Achievement’s state board. PREMIER also supports the growing need for financial literacy through corporate and individual giving.