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Junior Achievement Brings JA Finance Park to Redmond (Photo) - 04/15/19

JA Finance Park to Teach Deschutes, Crook County Students Financial Literacy Skills

Redmond, Ore., April 16, 2019 – The flagship financial literacy program from Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington (JA), JA Finance Park will be at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds from Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17. Nearly 300 students from seven area middle and high schools will be participating in this exciting financial literacy experience.

JA Finance Park is part of a suite of programs centered around financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, delivered to K-12 students by Junior Achievement, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to exceed in the global economy. JA Finance Park blends in-class learning with a high-tech, high-touch simulation experience. The program, which travels to several locations around Oregon and SW Washington, helps students develop crucial skills such as critical thinking, decision making, career exploration, and personal financial literacy.

Using an iPad and custom JA Finance Park App, the students are assigned a life scenario and move through the exhibit visiting 17 business kiosks, each representing a common household expense line. The simulation empowers youth to utilize the knowledge they have acquired during the in-class portion of the program to complete the task of researching choices and costs of various products and services, while ultimately building a balanced family budget.

“We are excited to be serving over 1,800 Central Oregon students annually with our K-12 programs. JA Finance Park provides a turnkey solution for schools that are looking for a fun, engaging and effective financial literacy program for students,” says Ryan Deckert, President of JA of Oregon & SW Washington.

The JA Finance Park Tour is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and business kiosks within JA Finance Park, representing line items in the students’ family budget, are sponsored by businesses including: Cambia, Comcast, Columbia Sportswear, Delta Air Lines, Fred Meyer, KeyBank, Northwest Credit Union Foundation, Pacific Power, The Standard Insurance, State Farm, Unitus Community Credit Union and U.S. Bank. JA Finance Park is sponsored locally by OnPoint Community Credit Union and St. Charles Health System.

For more information on JA Finance Park visit https://jaorswwa.org/ja-finance-park.

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Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,700 volunteers will lead JA programs in 1,800 classrooms, serving over 46,000 students across Oregon and SW Washington. For more information, visit www.jaorswwa.org.

More than A Third of Teens Don't Believe they will be Financially Independent from Parents by Age 30 - 04/10/19

Portland, Ore. – April 10, 2019 – A new survey by Junior Achievement (JA) and Citizens Bank shows that 63 percent of teens believe they will be financially independent of their parents by the age of 30, meaning that more than a third of teens surveyed do not hold this belief. The survey is being released in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month, which is April.

The survey found that 74 percent believe they will own a car by the time they are 30, with 60 percent believing they will own a home, 44 percent believing they will begin saving for retirement and 43 percent believing they will have paid off student loans. The survey of 1,000 US teens ages 13-18, who are not currently enrolled in college was conducted by Wakefield Research.

“These survey findings show a disconcerting lack of confidence among teens when it comes to achieving financial goals,” said Ryan Deckert, JA President. “With a strong economy, you would think teens would be more optimistic. It just demonstrates the importance of working with young people to help them better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in their ability to manage their financial futures.”

The survey also found that most teens’ top financial goal for the future is getting a full-time job (62%). Other financial goals included graduating from a 4-year college (59%), no longer having to rely on parents or caregivers for money (53%) and saving enough money for a big trip or vacation (41%). In terms of teen top financial concerns for the future, those included paying for college (47%), not being able to afford to live on their own (45%), paying taxes (43%) and finding a fulfilling, well-paying job (40%).

Other findings include:

  • Most teens (64%) turn to their parents or caregivers for financial advice, followed by family members (38%), friends (30%) and online resources, such as articles and social media (27%)
  • Most teens making money have some sort of bank account (61%), while the rest save their money unbanked, such as in a shoebox, piggybank or other method.
  • Among those currently in school, more female respondents (40%) than males (34%) believed they would make less than $35,000 in their first full-time job after high school.
  • More teens (22%) earned money in 2019 by working independently, compared to 2018 (16%). Most teens depend on gifts for spending money (64%), while many receive allowances for doing chores (32%). 

Methodology

The JA Teens & Personal Finance Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. teens ages 13-18, who are not currently enrolled in college between, March 1st and March 8th, 2019, using an email invitation and an online survey.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $160.5 billion in assets as of December 31, 2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 2,900 ATMs and approximately 1,100 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products, and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,700 volunteers will lead JA programs in 1,800 classrooms, serving over 46,000 students across Oregon and SW Washington. For more information, visit www.jaorswwa.org.

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Junior Achievement Launches Financial Literacy Month with JA Finance Park in Medford - 04/02/19

Medford, Ore., April 2, 2019 – The flagship financial literacy program from Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington (JA), JA Finance Park is headed to Medford, Oregon from April 2 to April 12. Over 1,000 students from Medford School District will participate in the program at Central Medford High School.

JA Finance Park is part of a suite of programs centered around financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, delivered to K-12 students by Junior Achievement, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to exceed in the global economy. JA Finance Park blends in-class learning with a high-tech, high-touch simulation experience. The program, which travels to several locations around Oregon and SW Washington, helps students develop crucial skills such as critical thinking, decision making, career exploration, and personal financial literacy.

Using an iPad and custom JA Finance Park App, the students are assigned a life scenario and move through the exhibit visiting 17 business kiosks, each representing a common household expense line. The simulation empowers youth to utilize the knowledge they have acquired during the in-class portion of the program to complete the task of researching choices and costs of various products and services, while ultimately building a balanced family budget.

“Financial literacy is an essential skill to succeed in life. JA Finance Park elevates our ability to address this topic and provides a turnkey solution for schools that are looking for a fun, engaging and effective program for students,” says Ryan Deckert, President of JA of Oregon & SW Washington.

The JA Finance Park Tour is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and business kiosks within JA Finance Park, representing line items in the students’ family budget, are sponsored by businesses including: Cambia, Comcast, Columbia Sportswear, Delta Air Lines, Fred Meyer, KeyBank, Northwest Credit Union Foundation, Pacific Power, The Standard Insurance, State Farm, Unitus Community Credit Union and U.S. Bank.

For more information on JA Finance Park visit https://jaorswwa.org/ja-finance-park.

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Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,700 volunteers will lead JA programs in 1,800 classrooms, serving over 46,000 students across Oregon and SW Washington. For more information, visit www.jaorswwa.org.