About The WCII Memorial
The Wayne Cederholm II Memorial was founded in May 2013. The memorial is family operated with Dustin, son of Wayne and Peeches Cederholm as acting chairman. The mission of the memorial is to increase awareness and opportunity through participation in various work-based learning programs that provide guidance in helping to determine professional goals and enhance the skills needed to achieve those goals for today’s youth; tomorrow’s future.
The alarming lack of preparation of high school students for college or a career has been a topic of great debate and is now considered a national crisis. It is not the intention of The WCII Memorial to take a particular position except to advocate that “more is better,” to take action, to enable, to prepare Utah's youth so they can make their dreams come true.
To achieve our mission, The Wayne Cederholm II Memorial aligns with programs that educate parents, schools and students about available work-life education programs. Junior Achievement of Utah is such a program. By providing resources to help JA programs operate, and by making direct contributions to individuals who have proven their determination to succeed, the WCII Memorial is able to accomplish its mission.
We believe that every child should have an opportunity to change the world. Many today simply do not have the resources or knowledge about where, or how, to begin. Work-life programs provide a venue to start early; to practice existing and learned skill developed during exercises that show how these skills translate into real-world situations. This application of talents helps individuals identify their strengths sooner, obtain confidence, and become passionate about a prospective industry. Basically, it starts them on the path to success, self-satisfaction and social contribution.
Why Junior Achievement of Utah
Junior Achievement of Utah is one of the six sections comprising JA Worldwide, the world’s largest business/education partnership and the number one school-to-career program in school districts across the country. Over 74,500 Utah students were reached during the 2012-2013 school year. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to serve as mentors to Utah students, delivering JA curriculum while sharing their experiences. While in junior high school, Wayne Cederholm II participated himself in the first JA program offered in Utah. It was this first hand knowledge of the power of JA and their program that was behind Wayne’s commitment to JA, where he served on the board for over 20 years. Wayne’s values paralleled those of JA and align perfectly with the mission of our memorial. Learn more about Junior Achievement of Utah at http://ja-utah.org.
Why The Community Foundation of Utah
As tax-exempt public charities, community foundations serve their region's people, places and causes with charitable funds designed to make a lasting impact. The Community Foundation of Utah offers a 'donor assisted funding' program that allows individuals and families to use the Foundation's services and expertise to make giving easy and effective. The WCII Memorial aligned itself with the Foundation to help it produce a greater return from the endowment balance so the amazing contributions we receive work for us, and in turn have an even greater impact on the community. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Utah at http://www.utahcf.org.
More About Wayne Cederholm II
You can read more about the life of Wayne Cederholm II and his fight to overcome his bone marrow transplant at www.waynecederholm.com