State Farm has deepened its partnership with JA and it's commitment to JA's Finance Park program. Beginning in Fall 2017, JA Finance Park Fairfax County will showcase a three-tiered display to include a “roadmap” of the park and information about State Farm’s safe driving programs and how safe driving and academic achievement can lower insurance rates.
According to the 2016 Fairfax Youth Survey Report, over 60,000 Fairfax County students face depressive symptoms every year, and over one-third of the students reported experiencing a high level of stress in the past month.
When the five students participating in Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s 2017 JA Company Program came across this statistic, they knew they had found the issue they wanted to address.
For Robinson Secondary School senior Kurien Thomas, signing up for JA Company Program was about achieving a lifelong goal: to be a part of a startup project at an early age.
“The [JA] Company Program was advertised as an experience that would teach me leadership, marketing, sales, financial management, and supply chain management. However, it has done much more than that,” said Kurien. “It has taught me how to be an active community member and a self-made individual with a philanthropic mindset.”
April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Consumers are feeling more pinched each week with rapidly increasing gas and food prices and sluggish economic growth. According to a recent survey by Career Builder, 77 percent of American consumers are living paycheck to paycheck.
When did you start saving for retirement? Were you ever given information to help explain your options? According to Junior Achievement’s 2017 Teens & Personal Finance Survey, a large disconnect exists between young people and a basic understanding of 401Ks. Although thirty percent of teens know that a 401K is a retirement plan where the employee contributes a certain amount and the employer matches, the majority (70%) of teens don’t know what a 401K is based on anything that they have read or heard. The survey of 1,000 U.S. teens between the ages of 13 and 17 was conducted March 17-21, 2017 by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International.
SILVER SPRING, Md. - A group of volunteers is teaching students lessons that they'll use their entire lives.
On Friday, sixth graders at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring heard from business leaders in the community about being financially responsible. Students learned about things like budgeting and how credit works.
(This is the first blog in a series about the Junior Achievement Finance Park Montgomery [http://www.myja.org/financepark/] scheduled to open in 2018 on the fourth floor of the new Thomas Edison High School of Technology building in Silver Spring.)
When I was in 8th grade I became Treasurer of my middle school’s Student Government Association (SGA). I learned how to endorse checks and fill out deposit slips (probably because the front office staff of the school didn’t want to do it themselves – this was way before computerized accounting and mobile deposit apps!).
Under the leadership of Ascellon Corporation CEO, Sheila Scott, employees from the company facilitated a workshop with students at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, Prince George’s County, Maryland on February 13, 2017. At the workshop, students from William Wirt Middle School learned about the importance of creating a budget, saving, and investing in a hands-on and fun environment. Junior Achievement Finance Park is part of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, an international non-profit founded in 1919 dedicated to preparing youth to become future leaders in a global economy.