“Better Managing Money” among Teens’ Top New Year’s Resolutions According to New JA Survey


6 Degrees Members teach students about how to plan for the future at JA Finance Park

January is when many of us make New Year's resolutions and according to a new JA USA study, millennials want to learn how to better manage their money in 2017.   The survey of 13-to-17-year-olds revealed 1 in 5 teens (20%) want to make saving money/learning better money management skills their top New Year's resolution.

To help San Diego teens stick to their New Year Resolution, Junior Achievement is partnering with 6 Degrees Networking to impact 125 students from Madison High School with the Mission Fed JA Finance Park program on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9am to 1pm.  During the event, 6 Degrees Networking members will share their career success and bring life-lessons of adulthood to JA students.

6 Degree's Emily Goethel and JA Volunteer, David Garcia helps students save for emergencies

The JA Finance Park program helps students decide what happens after high school as they plan for education, career and financial success. When students come to the Park, they receive a “life situation” and income based upon a real San Diego job they choose in the classroom. 

Students learn about careers and budgeting in the high-tech Career Center

Students must then apply for a home loan, purchase a car, shop for groceries, make investments, save for the future, all while balancing a monthly budget. At the end of the day, students connect what they are learning in school to the real world of adult responsibilities. 

“Building 21st century leaders has always been a priority for our team and members," said Sharon Jenks, CEO, 6 Degrees Business Networking. "Our partnership with Junior Achievement allows us to further our mission of ensuring students are prepared for financial and career success.”

6 Degrees Volunteer, Chastitee Witherspoon talks to the students about credit card debt.

 6 Degrees Networking shares our passion for inspiring youth to look beyond high school and dream for a bigger and brighter future," said Marla Black, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. "This partnership will bring San Diego’s top business executives to JA Finance Park so they can share their career success and bring the life-lessons of adulthood to JA students."

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Kristi Zimsky

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