Dollars Make Sense - Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

Dollars Make sense

When: April 1st - May 1st
April is Financial Literacy Month. As a JA Pillar of Success, financial literacy is a top priority for our organization. Junior Achievement of Central Illinois has developed an awareness campaign that will coincide with Financial Literacy Month. The campaign, titled "Dollars Make Sense (DMS)," will help to generate awareness for the work Junior Achievement does. The campaign will begin April 1 and will run through May 1, 2018.
As the economy advances, financial literacy, or the understanding of how money works in the world, becomes increasingly important. Junior Achievement programs, taught by community volunteers, help students understand the importance of learning basic economic and financial principles, which in turn can help them plan for a more financially secure future. 
According to the JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy, only half of all high school seniors can correctly answer basic economic questions based on financial literacy. As they look to the future, careers, and how to invest their earnings, these are essential skills that will be needed.
Thanks to a partnership with Commerce Bank and MacDonald's Shell, you can donate $1 or more and receive a JA Buckslip. Buckslips have financial literacy tips and access to a quiz where you can test your financial knowledge and be entered to win a $25 gift card to MacDonald's Shell! Pick yours up at any one of eight MacDonald's Shell locations in Peoria and East Peoria. Check back each week for a new tip and another chance to win a gift card! 
  • 4310 N Knoxville, Peoria
  • 1900 N Knoxville, Peoria
  • 710 N Detweiller, Peoria
  • 9109 N Allen Road, Peoria
  • 1108 W Main Street, Peoria
  • 3903 Baring Trace, Peoria
  • 1100 Main Street, East Peoria
  • 4709 N Sterling Ave, Peoria



Facts about Financial Literacy
Want to learn more about Financial Literacy? Check out our facts and tips here.

Media and Extras
Financial Literacy Kick off
JA Volunteer Andrew Wrage
JA Board Member J. Phillips
How JA Makes a Difference in the Classrooms
JA Ambassador Amya Thompson
JA in the Twin Cities
Dollars Make Sense Scholarship

JA of Central Illinois article in Interbusiness Issues

Supplemental Materials
Download and share these supplements with your students and explore JA apps to help make financial literacy fun for students! Get started here.

Scholorship Opportunity
In support of Financial Literacy Month, Commerce Bank is sponsoring the 2017 Dollars Make Sense Student Scholarship.

Dollars Make Sense Scholarship

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  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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