Treasurer Sprague Announces August Compass Award Honorees
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of August. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“Financial literacy and career readiness are twin pillars of success at any stage of life,” said Treasurer Sprague. “By teaching Ohioans how to make informed financial and career decisions, they’ll have the tools to build a solid foundation for financial security. We’re fortunate to have educators and organizations working hard to help them develop the skills needed to thrive in the modern workforce. The Compass Awards highlight and commend those vital efforts.”
Compass Award honorees for August include:
Grande Café and Roastery (Medina County)
The Grande Café and Roastery is more than just a place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat – it acts as a nexus for training programs that offer employment and training opportunities to people living with disabilities. From roasting coffee beans and growing fresh produce to preparing and serving food and beverages, employees can access a range of job and training opportunities.
Through these opportunities, employees are building the skills that are foundational for success at every stage of life.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Among several financial education efforts, the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio previously delivered the Driving My Financial Future program through a partnership between the Girl Scouts of America and Toyota Financial services. The program aimed to educate 40,000 4th - 12th grade girls nationwide. While the partnership was discontinued during the pandemic, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is once again offering in-person financial literacy programming and providing opportunities for scouts to earn grade-appropriate financial literacy and life-skills merit badges. The badges range in topics such as budgeting, goal setting, borrowing and credit, currency, entrepreneurship, and running a business.
Building Bridges to Careers (Washington County)
Founded in 2012 by local education, community, and business leaders in Washington County, Building Bridges to Careers aims to create a strong college and career readiness continuum for area students and residents. By using community networks, the organization links students, parents, and educators with real-world experiences in a variety of career fields. The organization has grown to serve multiple communities throughout southeastern Ohio.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.