Financial Literacy Month
Junior Achievement programs teach students how to manage money, maintain a personal budget and be fiscally responsible through fun, hands-on curriculum. During Financial Literacy Month, we encourage you to explore and share the various resources we’ve gathered to help young peope gain the knowledge and skills needed to take control of their economic success.
Why is Financial Literacy Important?
According to the results of a 2014 Consumer Reports survey, Americans score poorly in the area of financial literacy:
30% of teens do not believe they will be financially independent of their parents by the age of 30, according to JA USA’s 2019 Teens & Personal Finance Survey. 84% of teens look to their parents for information and guidance on how to manage money, but more than a third of parents report that they don’t discuss financial matters with their children (2015 JA Teens and Personal Finance Survey). Clearly there is a need to educate today’s youth on how to manage money so they can own their economic success.
Talking money with kids can be tricky. Let SNL’s Kate McKinnon be your guide to teaching
children the financial facts of life in this funny video.
JA My Way helps kids make smart money decisions
JA My Way is a free online resource loaded with tips and tools to help students take control of their financial future:
Simply create a free account to access these resources. Sign up at www.jamyway.org.
Resources for Parents and Students
Let’s build financial literacy
Earlier this year, we moved our headquarters from Maplewood to St. Paul. One of the primary reasons for our move is so that more students can participate in two experiential programs that teach them to be financially literate – JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.
Our new facility, the Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center, will allow us to impact twice as many students, with three experiential learning labs instead of one. This will allow students to more easily transition from the elementary grade curriculum of JA BizTown into the middle/high school programming offered through JA Finance Park. Not familiar with JA BizTown and JA Finance Park? Check out the videos below to learn more about these experiential programs that teach students how to manage money, balance a personal budget, and introduce them to careers. JA Finance Park has been recognized by Harvard University for its innovative curriculum and teaching practices.
If you’re in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, stop by and visit us. We’re conveniently located on University Avenue, just east of the Fairview Green Line station (learn more).
JA Kid Professor
“JA Kid Professor” explores different financial literacy topics in these cute videos. A great way to help younger kids understand some advanced concepts!
Financial Literacy Month activities (view the full calendar)
JA in the Classroom
Watch this short video to see JA’s impact in the classroom