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Young Agents ‘Pay it Forward’ By Raising Scholarship Money for InVEST Insurance Education

Young Agents raise more than $26,000 for high school and college student scholarships.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 10, 2017 – The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Young Agents Committee (YAC) raised more than $26,000—including $17,599 in a silent auction—this year for InVEST, a one-of-a-kind financial literacy program that educates high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services.

The InVEST program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry and is currently in more than 800 college and high schools across the country. 
 
YAC’s primary fundraising vehicle was a successful fundraiser titled “YAC Gives Back: A Benefit for InVEST Scholarships” in conjunction with the Big “I” Legislative Conference and the annual InVEST Silent and Live auction. This is the eighth year YAC has hosted this successful event with the support of industry leaders.
 
“Young agents are eager to make difference in the insurance industry and supporting the InVEST Scholarship fund is a great way to give back,” says Joe Hamilton, national Young Agents Committee chairman and independent insurance agent at the Hal Rakowski Insurance Agency in Lakeside, California. “Hosting this fundraiser is a wonderful way for young agents to help future independent agents, the next generation of CSRs, producers and principals find a rewarding and exciting career in insurance.”
 
Collectively, “YAC Gives Back,” the InVEST auction and direct contributions raised more than $56,599 this year. Auction items were donated by insurance carriers, agents and brokers, the Big “I” and its state affiliates, and other industry organizations and supporters. The money goes directly to scholarships to support students who wish to pursue a career in the insurance industry.
 
“The success of the InVEST program is critical to the future of the independent agency system and the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The Big ‘I’ is so proud of our young agents and their dedication to helping the InVEST program. The generosity and dedication of our young leaders is inspiring.” 
 
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
 
 Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and community colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
 
Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com. 
 
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