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  • InVEST Launches Social Media Fundraiser

    by Deborah Pickford | Jun 30, 2016

    Final Short GraphThanks to the generous support of Work at Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE), we launched our first social media campaign to raise funds.

    WAHVE promoted information and content on their Facebook page about insurance, careers, retirement, and education. During this time, folks shared their content and WAHVE donated $2 (maximum $3,000) to InVEST for every share. Why did we team up? WAHVE explains it best in their blog:

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  – Benjamin Franklin

    Tomorrow’s insurance industry requires an investment in the education of youth today. And that’s why a new partnership between WAHVE and InVEST is so perfect!

    WAHVE launched a cool Facebook campaign to highlight the importance of replenishing our beloved industry with bright, new talent.

    You can contribute to the future of hundreds of high school and college students by just clicking the “share” button on WAHVE’s Facebook posts. From June 13 to July 13, we’ll donate $2 to the InVEST program for every share. Our campaign goal is $3,000. Let’s do this together!

    WAHVE and InVEST (http://www.investprogram.org/ ) are a perfect match to keep the insurance industry staffed for the future. WAHVE slows the exodus of valuable, talented and experienced boomers from the industry. But we keenly understand we also must attract our share of the millennial generation to insurance — the “new wahve” of vintage experts.

    And InVEST attracts those millennials by educating students on the wide variety of insurance careers. For more than 45 years, InVEST volunteers from agencies, brokers and carriers have been in the classroom dispelling the myth that insurance is old, boring and doesn’t lead to a rewarding career. Through a hands-on education approach students get a peek at what insurance really is — a rewarding profession where anyone can make a difference.

    The WAHVE InVEST Share Campaign helps spark more young professionals to love a career in insurance.

    It’s a great time to be in the independent agency system — for newcomer and seasoned workers alike. And with a simple click, folks can help us in the future of young insurance professionals all across the country.

  • InVEST Student Experiences Insurance at Independent Agents of Dallas

    by Deborah Pickford | Jun 30, 2016

    The summer is a great time for internships, and we were excited for InVEST high-school interns everywhere. One of our goals is to help prepare students for the insurance industry by helping to provide quality experiences through internships. InVEST internships help students figure out their passions and skills for the insurance industry before college even begins.

    Internships provide hands-on learning opportunities and a competitive edge in the job market and even helps insurance agencies and insurance companies learn more about the talented students that they may wish to hire in the future.

    esm. 1One such talented student, Esmeralda Miguel, from Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) in Dallas, is interning with Independent Agents of Dallas (IIAD). Esmeralda came to IIAD as part of the Mayors Internship Fellow Program (MIFP) and with help from her teacher, Denise Tucker.

    Esmeralda said the InVEST classroom helped prepare her for this internship by providing her with knowledge of what insurance is and giving her a pathway into the industry. In the classroom, students had to complete a project on financial literacy and her group felt prepared and selected insurance as their industry due to their increased knowledge about the varying types of coverage thanks to InVEST materials.

    This internship with IIAD has given her chances to apply her previous knowledge while gaining more experience. She writes, “During my time here at IIAD I have learned many things about non-profit businesses. I have learned to become more confident in myself, I have communicated with so many important people this past two weeks and really have improved my weaknesses during this internship.” Overall, Esmeralda will spend 20 hours a week for 2 months at IIAD.esmeralda

    Esmeralda is already learning and engaging with IIAD. Currently, she is working with “Project Intern” with several other WWHS Interns where she will interview the other interns and discuss how WWHS prepared them for the internship and their current work projects.

    When the summer concludes, she will enter her senior year at WWHS and is looking forward to many college applications. During that time she will be working part time at a local restaurant. As for her college major and future career, she is debating between the insurance industry or the medical field and hopes this summer with IIAD will help her make that decision.