Allstate’s support of JA’s statewide High School Heroes Initiatives helps to create a powerful and dynamic win-win situation that empowers young people to own their economic success starting as young as five years of age. The high school student heroes who partake in the service-learning program gain self-confidence and employability skills while presenting JA’s curriculum to local elementary school children who in turn gain firsthand knowledge and skills around financial literacy and the economics of life.
The many Allstate representatives who meet and greet the students at the Allstate sponsored program events commend the Heroes for their service and share their world of work with them. The High School Hero days are inspiring for everyone who participates.
Aside from supporting the Heroes program, Allstate holds an annual volunteer day at Hawthorne Elementary School, Willingboro, NJ teaching JA’s financial literacy and work readiness programs in grades Kindergarten through fifth as well as giving students the gift of their time and talents at the Capital One / JA Finance Park simulated city.
In a recent Allstate sponsored survey Junior Achievement (JA) performed, it concluded that a vast majority of teens (84 percent) say they want to learn about managing money from their parents. However, many parents may feel uncomfortable talking about money matters with their kids, due to a level of discomfort with the subject or their own financial missteps. Tellingly, more than half—54 percent—of parents said the 2008 recession did not impact their teens’ money management skills. If parents did not improve their teens’ financial habits as a result of the recession, then school-based programs can provide students with critical personal finance education.
JA programs currently reach more than 4.5 million students in grades K-12 each year. Organizations like JA work closely with the education and business communities to deliver relevant financial literacy programs to young people. Learn more at www.ja.org or NJ JA at www.janj.org.
About Allstate NJ Insurance Company
Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of their commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million tosupport local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.
About Junior Achievement of New Jersey
Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers. They provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JANJ is expected to reach more than 60,000 students in more than 80 school districts across the state during the 2015-2016 school year. For more information visit us at www.janj.org. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.