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Junior Achievement Teaches Financial Literacy

Podcast recorded: August 7, 2020

District senior manager Alli Herold breaks down how Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest and its volunteers teach financial literacy to kids in grades K through 12. Stearns Bank employees volunteer in classrooms across Minnesota, Florida and Arizona, giving students the confidence and skills to become future entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Lessons Learned

  • Junior Achievement sends volunteers into 34 area schools in Central Minnesota and had 443 local volunteers during the 2018-19 school year who donated 65,000-plus hours of their time.
  • Inviting a Junior Achievement volunteer into the classroom can have a lasting impact on students.
  • The K-5 program is the foundation of Junior Achievement. It includes financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness. Each program is created by teachers across the country to make it easy for volunteers when they come into the classroom.
  • Junior Achievement is funded by individuals, corporations, foundations and special events. Stearns Bank is a pride partner of Junior Achievement. We encourage employees to volunteer and teach financial literacy in our communities.