The ability of some schools to promote student financial literacy with Junior Achievement is growing. Junior Achievement is an organization that encourages young people to develop their entreprenuereal, financial, and business skills, often through involvement in schools.
In Quincy, Illinois, the impact of Junior Achievement is highly visible to Denise Drebes, district manager for Junior Achievement in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
“The program focuses on financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship to equip students with skills to be successful in the world of work,” Drebes said. “Whether their own business or working for someone else, they enter the workforce prepared.”
Community volunteers are essential to the success of Junior Achievement. Presently, 168 volunteers with with Junior Achievement in the Quincy Public Schools.
Recently, the school board approved changes in the program for fifth through seventh graders, allowing more hands on opportunities and financial literacy lessons taught by the classroom teacher.