Junior Achievement Biztown Summer Camp

Junior Achievement will be offering the fourth BizTown Summer Camp for children ages 10-13 (current 4th-6th grade students). The summer camp is an indoor, academic camp that will focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, teamwork and, of course, fun! 

There are three sessions of camp offered at the JA Biztown Summer Camp Biztown location – 6100 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Sessions will be from 9 am- 3 pm on June 12-16, June 26-30 and July 17-21.

With having a limit of 65 children per camp week, the sessions are filling up fast. To view availability and to register, click here. 

The camp fee is $200 and a $15 sibling discount is offered for a second camper.

For more information, contact Deb Schneider at deb@jacentraliowa.org.

 

May 26, 2017 at 11:34 am

New Social Studies Standards incorporates Financial Literacy

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On May 11th, a press release from the Iowa Department of Education revealed the approval of new standards for Social Studies.  Members of the State Board of Education adopted the new statewide social studies standards. Updating the standards was a process that began over a year ago.  The press release reports that the new social studies standards will:

Weave in Iowa history and financial literacy, which were not reflected in the previous social studies standards.

To read the whole press release go to: https://www.educateiowa.gov/article/2017/05/11/state-board-education-adopts-new-social-studies-standards

May 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

Financial Literacy and Education Commission public meeting to be held Wednesday, May 24

The next public meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The financial literacy results from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will be discussed.

The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C., but individuals can join via live webcast at this link.

If you have questions in regards to the meeting, email ofe@treasury.gov.

May 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

Financial literacy resources for the classroom

Are you looking for educational materials to wrap up the school year with? If so, the Iowa Financial Literacy Network has compiled a list of financial literacy resources that may help – see the list below!

Personal Finance 101 Short videos on many key financial concepts

High School Financial Planning ProgramFocuses on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to high school teens

My Classroom Economy- Helps stimulate a real economy in the confines of a classroom

Chair the Fed- Policy game by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that helps students understand the role of monetary policy in the economy

We the Economy- A collection of short films that explain economic concepts

How the Market Works- Simulation that allows students to practice playing the marketing in real time

Major Financial Decisions- Tools and resources that can help with life’s major financial decisions

Fish Economics- Free economics lesson plans, lectures and a 10-part series on building an economy

May 10, 2017 at 10:10 am

It’s not too late – Join us for the JA Lunch & Learn

Who: YOU!

What: Junior Achievement of Central Iowa Lunch & Learn

Where: Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, 6100 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA

When: Monday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Why: To learn about the programs of JA and experience JA BIZ TOWN through the eyes of one of the West Side schools, Hillis Elementary.

How: Register here!

 

May 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

Iowa middle schooler Kira Currier named 2017 Money Smart Kid

Kira Currier, an eighth-grader at Johnston Middle School, has won the statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2017 Money Smart Kid.  Currier will also receive $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association to put towards her college education.

“Knowing how financial health and physical health relate to one another is an important aspect of financial education, and it is exciting to see these students learn about that relationship through this essay contest,” said Lori Ristau, vice president of marketing and communications at the Iowa Bankers Association. “Iowa banks are committed to helping Iowans reach their financial goals, and providing access to financial education resources through programs like Money Smart Week is just one of the many ways banks can help. We are pleased to sponsor this fun and educational opportunity for Iowa students on behalf of our member banks.”

Approximately 102 students from across the state participated in the essay contest. To be eligible, students had to be in grades seventh through eleventh and submit a 400-word essay. The essay asked students to describe the connection between financial health and physical health and what they can do to become more financially healthy.

The top five essay finalists also participated in an interview with contest judges. From those finalists, Kira Currier was selected to be the 2017 Money Smart Kid.

“There is a larger connection between your workouts and paychecks than you might once have thought,” Currier stated in her award-winning essay. “Educating yourself on healthy financial decisions will help lift weight off your shoulders AND your wallet.”

Currier is the daughter of Larry and Vona Currier. As Iowa’s 2017 Money Smart Kid, Currier will be recognized at the Johnston Middle School and will read her essay to fellow classmates, serving as a spokesperson promoting financial education. In addition to Currier, the four essay finalists were: Caleb Kehrli (Manchester), Derrick Wiemerslage (Waukon), Faith Johnson (Altoona), and Sydney Ross (Waukon).

More information about Money Smart Week is available at www.moneysmartweek.org.

 

 

May 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Governor signs proclamations for financial literacy

Today, April 21, Governor Terry Branstad signed proclamations promoting financial literacy awareness in Iowa. The proclamations declared April 22-29 Money Smart Week in Iowa and declared the month of April as Financial Literacy Awareness Month in Iowa.

Looking for ways to get involved in financial literacy during Financial Literacy Month or during Money Smart Week? Visit the Money Smart Week website for more information about Money Smart Week.

April 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm

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