Junior Achievement and Voya Financial® Launch JA Influencer, a Free Online Resource for Educators

Junior Achievement unveiled a brand new online resource that allows teachers, school counselors, and parents to help high school students better understand the finer points of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. The resource, JA Influencer, is part of JA®’s ongoing effort to empower young people to own their economic success and has been made available through a generous grant from Voya Financial®.

JA Influencer - which can be found at www.JA.org/Influencer - offers practical lessons on the fundamental aspects of personal economics and how economic decisions affect students’ daily lives, and of course, their futures. Students are introduced to current events in ways that make them relevant to their daily lives in order to prompt conversation and learning on workforce readiness, college, careers, entrepreneurship, and many other personal economic topics. The first offering is “Understanding The Student Loan Explosion: Implications for Students and Their Families,” which includes an overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with student loans, and investigates the various factors students should take into consideration when exploring opportunities in higher education.

JA Influencer is the result of support from Voya Financial to reach students through Junior Achievement. Voya Financial has partnered with Junior Achievement since 2001; the partnership is centered on the shared belief in the need to actively prepare and equip future generations to succeed.