Junior Achievement of Washington received a $20,000 gift to support program expansion within the 29 school districts of the NCESD.
The gift, provided by the Young Adult Consumer Education Trust (YACET), will expedite Junior Achievement’s plans to hire a regional coordinator focused on building local school, business and volunteer support for Junior Achievement’s youth work-readiness and financial education programs within the 29 NCESD districts. YACET expects the position to be created and filled within a year and intends to provide $100,000 in support over five years.
“Young people today face bigger financial decisions earlier in their lives than previous generations and the consequences can be devastating and long-lasting” says YACET board member Luke Evans. “Junior Achievement helps young people learn to plan ahead, take responsibility for their lives, and make smart choices. These are critical components of financial literacy and align with YACET’s mission to foster wise spending habits, financial discipline and fiscal knowledge.”
Educators, businesses and community members interested in participating in Junior Achievement can contact Regional Director Richard Perez for more information: (509) 853-1006.
YACET also supports youth financial education by facilitating high-quality teacher training experiences and partnering with the North Central Educational Foundation to fund small classroom grants. YACET is looking for additional ways to support youth financial education efforts in NCW and welcomes ideas through YACET.org/contact.
Junior Achievement is a national organization focused on inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. It is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement’s programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.