Charlotte, NC, April 30, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), the Carolinas’ premier organization providing financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship education to the state’s youth, has announced that in observance of April’s Financial Literacy Month, it has partnered with local companies and business leaders to plan events that will deliver economic education and empowerment to 2,116 students throughout the organization’s service area in the Charlotte-Metro region.
Financial illiteracy is a pressing issue facing future generations. In most cases, if young people aren’t learning to manage money responsibly at home, they aren’t learning it at all. According to the National Financial Educators Council, youth between the ages of 15 and 18 across the country earned an average score of 59.6 percent on the most recent personal finance test given in 2014. In addition, NeighborhoodWorks America reported that nearly 70 million Americans do not have emergency savings, and one-in-four would run out of money in 30 days. It’s clear that youth around the country are not receiving even the most basic training that will enable them to become economically independent young adults.
JACC empowers students at the elementary, middle and high school levels to understand and develop the necessary skills to successfully earn, spend, save and invest money. The organization’s unique interactive programs assist K – 12 students in learning and applying important facets of financial literacy; including personal budgeting, savings, debt, credit, interest, investing and more. Alongside business volunteers who implement programs in local classrooms, students have the opportunity to engage with and learn from those who can share their own expert knowledge and experiences.
The symposium projects and JA in a Day events planned in observance of Financial Literacy Month include partnerships with The Hartford, Entrepreneurs’ Organization Charlotte, TIAA-CREF, Travelers Insurance, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Grant Thornton, and Queen’s School of Business and will engage students at 13 area elementary, middle and high schools.
“We are very excited to celebrate Financial Literacy Month by connecting our students with so many extraordinary representatives from the local business community,” said Sarah Cherne, president and CEO of JACC. “Each of these programs directly supports our goal of engaging the local business sector in ensuring that our next generation build a solid foundation of economic understanding and skills at an early age. It’s essential to our future community, state and nation, and we’re so grateful so many of our local companies share our mission and partner with us in taking action.”
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Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people in grades K through 12 with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., operates offices in Asheville, N.C., and Rock Hill, S.C., and serves more than 33,000 students annually through its hands-on and experiential educational programs. Delivered by corporate and community volunteers, JA programs provide relevant, engaging experiences that educate and empower students in the areas of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit http://www.jacarolinas.org/.