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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:23 am

Junior Achievement (JA) announced a renewed partnership with the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD). The collaboration will bring JA’s financial literacy program to 1,718 students across the District. JA programs helps students prepare for the real world by teaching them how to get job, start a business and manage money.

The panel discussed the benefits of educating students at an early age about financial literacy, work readiness skills and entrepreneurship during their press conference on Nov. 29 at the Silver Strand Elementary School. Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, Coronado Unified School District Superintendent Karl Mueller, Silver Strand Elementary Principal Tammy Marble, Coronado Junior Women’s Club (CJWC) President Sara Stillman and Junior Achievement President and CEO Marla Black were all in attendance and discussed the importance of preparing and inspiring the next generation of Coronado’s leaders.

“Our children are our future. Building 21st-century leaders has always been a priority for city and schools. Our partnership with Junior Achievement allows us to further our mission of ensuring students are prepared for financial and career success,” said Bailey.

CUSD is unique in that 39 percent of the students are military dependent.

“While the military students and families at CUSD are incredibly resilient, transitioning into a new school district can be difficult and challenging at any grade level. Our partnership with Junior Achievement will help us ensure all of our students have access to the highest quality curriculum so they can succeed in today’s global economy,” said Mueller.

According to a 2015 survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA and Allstate Foundation, nearly half of all teens don’t know how to create a simple budget. In the 2014 Allstate Foundation survey, nearly 60 percent of today’s teens don’t think they will be ready to financially support themselves by the time they turn 24. Forty-three percent of teens surveyed said they felt a financial education class would be more beneficial than a foreign language, calculus, U.S. History, or physical education class, according to a 2017 study by SecureFutures.

“We share JA’s passion for inspiring youth to dream for a bigger and brighter future. For this reason, we [CJWC] are playing a key role to bring our students JA’s financial literacy programs so they are ready to compete in today‘s rapidly changing business environment,” said Stillman.

Marble added, “We are delighted to have students from the Coronado School District participating in Junior Achievement programs. This partnership provides our students with the opportunity to become financially literate and to develop entrepreneurial skills that will help them see the direct connections between their education and being successful in their future pursuits.”

“Our renewed and strengthed partnership will merge JA‘s mission of getting kids real world ready with Coronado Unified School District‘s commitment to help students succeed beyond the classroom,“ said Black.

The Silver Strand Elementary student council vice president Mason Wilson commented for the students, “We are grateful to the community for bringing Junior Achievement inside our classrooms. We had fun learning about money, budgeting and why it is important to pay taxes.”

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