JA Releases Free Financial Resource for Teens

Published Monday, April 6, 2020

JA Releases Free Financial Resource for Teens

Junior Achievement of Angelina County is releasing a free resource for teens titled Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19. The guide is designed to answer teens’ questions about the economic implications of COVID-19, including “Why are some store shelves empty?”, “Why are some people losing their jobs?” and “Are we going into a recession, or even a depression?” The guide is available at JA.org/MakingSense.

“While social distancing is essential to fighting COVID-19, the disease and the steps we must take to address it are having a financial impact. Our goal is to help young people better understand what’s happening,” said Staci Hodges, Executive Director of JA of Angelina County. “April is Financial Literacy Month, and this is really an important time to be sharing this kind of information.”

The guide is written with middle school and high school students in mind. It uses relatable examples to explain what a recession is, how the Federal Reserve works and steps being taken by government and the private sector to deal with the economic impact associated with COVID-19.

JA is also offering free resources to teachers and parents who may have students finishing school online this semester. They are calling this “Project Tomorrows” and continuously add content and resources, so they can continue meeting community needs through virtual learning experiences. Those resources are available at juniorachievementangelinacounty.org/.

Junior Achievement of Angelina County is a youth development organization dedicated to providing young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, to plan for their future, and to make smart academic and economic choices.  JA focuses on three pillars of success: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.  During the 2018-2019 school year, over 219 volunteers reached 4,800 students across all 6 Angelina County school districts.  To learn more about Junior Achievement of Angelina County and its mission, you can contact Staci Hodges at Staci@JaAngelinaCounty.Org.