When career planning and financial literacy come to elementary grades, kids get a view of future jobs, education, salaries, and goals.
At Lingerfeldt Elementary, students have the opportunity to meet one on one with adults who are pursuing the careers they are interested in.
Real life attorney Tereasa Osborne met with fifth grader Nautica Kendrick, who wants to be an attorney so she can help people. Osborne is the lead attorney for Gaston, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. They discussed what it takes to become an attorney, and what it means to be one.
“I think one of the challenges for a lot of children is they have dreams and goals, but they don’t know how to get there,” Osborne said. “Seeing a real person who can talk to them and maybe even mentor them a little bit I think can make all the difference in the world for a child who may not know how to make their dreams come true.”
Approximately 25 local business and civic volunteers speak with the children about financial literacy and career planning. The program is led by Junior Achievement, which teaches children nationally about how their education relates to their future plans.