Junior Achievement Partners with Citizens Bank to Bring Financial Literacy to New London Youth
New London, CT – On June 14th, six volunteers from Citizens Bank visited Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School and spoke with fifth grade students about finances, the world of work and how to prepare for their futures.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Junior Achievement with Citizens Bank, the 79 students were taught about the power of pricing and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. They were also exposed to examples of numerous career fields and the requirements each held. By the end of the day, each student participant understood the benefits to living in a free market and even developed their own ideas for businesses they could someday start.
The goal of these JA-In-A-Day programs that take place throughout the state is to bring practical knowledge and skills to young people in order to prepare them to be successful in the real world.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide.
Last year in Connecticut, with the help of over 2,700 volunteers, JA of Southwest New England taught more than 44,000 local students in kindergarten through high school about business, jobs, and the importance of education for success. During the 2018-19 school year, JA expects to serve 47,000 students, the most students served in our organization’s history. Our vision is to reach 50,000 Connecticut students a year by 2020.