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JA Day with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Group

[caption id="attachment_144" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Brian Rowe (left) and Ryan Rech, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management professionals, teach lessons in personal finance for “JA Day.” Brian Rowe (left) and Ryan Rech, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management professionals, teach lessons in personal finance for “JA Day.”[/caption]

Students at Mandarin High School benefitted from the professional expertise of volunteers who taught lessons on budgeting, saving, and investing as part of Junior Achievement’s JA Day held February 26. Seven volunteers from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management taught JA Personal Finance to Mandarin High’s 11th graders. In addition, Mandarin area professionals Steve Gallagher, Rebecca Taus, and Max Zahn discussed career options with the students as part of the JA Career Readiness program.

These volunteers and role models devoted their hours between 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to teach students what they need to know about managing their futures and their finances. JA program director Rita Story exclaims, “As money management professionals, these volunteers were highly qualified to teach the JA program and answer any questions the students had regarding their finances."

“We don’t offer classes that address personal finance or career planning,” said Jerry Hulshult, Assistant Principal of Curriculum. “Most kids don’t know how to invest money. It’s important that kids hear this and understand.”

JA Days offer schools a complete JA program in one school day, a process that normally takes five weeks. It is a special Junior Achievement delivery method that facilitates the partnership between a business and a school. Business volunteers use Junior Achievement’s professionally prepared financial literacy, workforce preparation and entrepreneurship programs to help educate and inspire youth about the connection between education and success in the workplace, and give them hope for the future.

If you are interested in volunteering with Junior Achievement, please visit www.jajax.com or call 904-398-9944.

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