Junior Achievement is new to The Junior League's project list this year. Members of this committee will be working directly with elementary aged children on the concept of finances.
Currently, students get one semester of economics instruction their senior year in high school as their only exposure to any form of financial literacy. Junior Achievement provides students with a professionally designed financial literacy curriculum that builds from basic concepts in grade one through more complex topics in high school. We are currently in the first and second grades in Bryan- College Station schools. In first grade, Junior Achievement Our Families explains how family members; jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community.
The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. In second grade, Junior Achievement Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. Junior League volunteers spend an hour a week in the classroom over a five week period in the Fall and Spring semesters teaching children these concepts in the Bryan and College Station area elementary schools.