Local Kids Learn Financial Literacy
Bank of America, Junior Achievement team up
Bank of America has partnered with Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) for more than 10 years providing various financial literacy education initiatives across the state. Throughout this school year, nearly 125 Bank of America employees volunteered their time to teach JA’s hands-on, experiential programs at four New Jersey schools, including in Newark.
Between April and June, the volunteers also spent a day at schools in Camden, Jersey City and Trenton to bring JA’s financial literacy curriculum to more than 1,100 youth in those areas. They also mentored students at JA Finance Park in Newark this spring to help students learn how to budget and manage money so they can practice effective money-management skills.
These efforts were funded through a $15,000 grant provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
“We are proud to partner with Junior Achievement on this important program and we are thrilled that so many of our associates volunteered to lend a hand,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America. “JA Day is a wonderful program that takes on the critical task of promoting financial literacy among our youth, ultimately helping them prepare for their future.”
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 four million students per year in the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. This school year, JA of New Jersey will reach more than 43,000 students.