Focusing on the Financial Literacy of Young People
Janus has long championed the benefits of a good education and continues to build upon its history of supporting education initiatives and investing in the future of our youth. There has never been a greater need for financial education – at work, in schools, in the community and in the home. One of the strongest programs available to students to help them improve their financial literacy is the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. This organization provides unique financial education activities that resonate with young people and help prepare them for success in our global economy.
Through Janus’ support of Young AmeriTowne, an award-winning educational program, 4th and 5th grade teachers are provided with tools to teach students about business, the economy and free enterprise in an innovative and hands-on environment. Classroom work includes modules in a variety of key subjects: investing, economics, math, civics and English language arts. The program also promotes career exploration and fosters self-esteem. During the 2012-2013 school year, 21,928 students benefited from visiting Young AmeriTowne, and each year more than 235 schools in Colorado participate.
As a culmination of their classroom studies, students visit the Young Americans Center to work in Young AmeriTowne, a 5,000 square foot mini-town. The students become citizens, taking on jobs like mayor, accountant, doctor, service technician and more. With its emphasis on financial self-sufficiency, life skills and work skills, Janus is proud to partner with Young AmeriTowne in delivering an innovative and holistic learning experience. To see Young AmeriTowne in action, click here.