JA's Financial Literacy Curriculum Touches all Fayette County 7th grade Classrooms
In conjunction with the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass (JA) made the decision to develop a financial literacy curriculum for seventh grade students throughout the district. Fayette County Public School's Vision 2020 initiative recognized that financial literacy education should become an integral part of the educational programs at all grade levels and across the curriculum. With the endorsement of FCPS Superintendent Stu Silberman, JA's locally produced curriculum was introduced as a pilot program in the fall of 2008 and implemented throughout the district in 2009.
The goal of this six-week financial literacy program is to introduce students to important life skills and concepts such as budgeting, banking, understanding the difference between debit and credit cards, using credit responsibly, financial planning as well as investments such as stocks, bonds and other securities. This JA curriculum is taught by volunteers from the Central Kentucky business community who also share their own knowledge and expertise with the students. Since financial literacy education is not mandated in schools today – students will only receive this education by participating in a Junior Achievement program. JA of the Bluegrass is also working to develop a financial literacy curriculum for all ninth grade students that will build on the concepts introduced during their seventh grade experience.
Read a Business Lexington article from February 2011 featuring the Financial Literacy program.