JA Ourselves being brought to local classrooms
Eight kindergarten programs through Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes will be funded by a grant from the Gerber Foundation.
JA Ourselves introduces students to the intersection of financial literacy and kindergarten social studies learning objectives, including personal economics and the choices people make to meet their needs and wants. It includes a series of five sessions that use compelling stories read aloud by the volunteer, along with hands-on activities,to demonstrate helping, working, earning, and saving. Session-specific, age-appropriate materials are included to increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.
“Financial services are becoming more complex,” said Catherine Obits Program Manager for the Gerber Foundation. “The earlier we can begin to teach young children effective money management skills, the better equipped they will be as adults achieve financial security and live independently.
“We are so grateful to the Gerber Foundation for the chance to bring these programs to children in Newaygo County,” said Bill Coderre President of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan