The JA Dollars With Sense Program will be offered to students at Cathy Wever School on in February 2024

The Junior Achievement Program (JA) is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs to students, designed to help them learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. One of their programs, Dollars With Sense, is specifically designed for grade 6-8 students and is a vital tool for helping them make smart financial decisions, live debt-free, and become savvy investors. The program teaches personal money management skills that students can apply to their lives right now.

We are excited to welcome Junior Achievement back to the Hamilton Community and proud to be the launch site of the in-school programs! The JA Dollars With Sense program will be offered to students at Cathy Wever School in February.

The Dollars With Sense program is an interactive, engaging program that uses real-life scenarios to teach students about the importance of budgeting, saving, and investing. The program is designed to be flexible, with modules that can be taught in as little as one hour or as much as six hours, depending on the needs of the class. It covers a wide range of topics, including managing income and expenses, saving and investing, credit and debt, and risk management.

The program uses a variety of teaching tools, including games, simulations, and interactive activities, to help students learn about financial literacy. Students will have the opportunity to practice budgeting and saving, learn about different types of investments, and explore the impact of interest rates on borrowing and saving.

The JA Dollars With Sense program is a valuable resource for students, as it provides them with the skills, they need to make informed financial decisions both now and in the future. By teaching students about budgeting, saving, and investing, the program helps them develop healthy financial habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

The program also helps to address a critical need in our society. According to a 2020 survey by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, 41% of Canadians aged 18 to 24 reported that they did not feel confident managing their finances. By providing financial literacy education to students at a young age, we can help to reduce this knowledge gap and ensure that our future generations are equipped with the tools they need to make informed financial decisions. JA Dollars With Sense program is an important educational resource for students. It provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed financial decisions, which will help them become financially responsible adults. We are thrilled to be working with Junior Achievement to bring this program to the Hamilton Community and are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our students.