High School students learn important life skills at financial workshop

Financial Starting Points conference
During the Life Skills session at JA Financial Starting Points conference, each student will be given a salary and will visit different community booths to determine their monthly expenses such as food, housing, transportation, clothing, education and more.

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc., Williamson College of Business Administration and the Associated School Employees Credit Union announce the tenth annual financial life skills conference, “Financial Starting Points”, for area high school students Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center.

More than 300 area high school students and 20 educators will receive education and hands-on experience in three critical areas of financial literacy including managing credit, investing in their future and building a personal budget. The keynote speaker will be state Senator and Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Schiavoni, (D)-District 33.

During the Life Skills session, each student will be given a salary and will visit different community booths to determine their monthly expenses such as food, housing, transportation, clothing, education and more. Based on their given salaries they will have to make tough budget decisions. Many students are surprised by the cost of everyday expenses like rent or owning a vehicle.

“It’s very important to give young adults the opportunity to learn good money management skills," said Michele Merkel, president of Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Inc. "We challenge high school students to think about how they can become financially prepared to rent an apartment, buy a car, attend post-secondary education or whatever their goals may be.”

"Junior Achievement aims to provide students with a strong set of money-management skills, so they can effectively budget, use credit, invest and save," explained Merkel.

About Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Inc.
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their future economic success and has a goal of presenting its financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs to more than 13,000 students in Mahoning, Trumbull , Ashtabula and Columbiana Counties during the 2017-2018 school year. For more information about Junior Achievement, visit warren-youngstown.ja.org.

About Junior Achievement USA®
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization 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, to provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 10 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

About Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration
The Williamson College of Business Administration offers the Master of Accountancy, MBA and the BSBA with majors in accounting, advertising/public relations, business economics, finance, general business, human resource management, international business, management information systems and marketing. The undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The WCBA is composed of thirty-seven full-time faculty members, professional academic advisors, the WCBA Center for Career Management, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Williamson Center for International Business, the Entrepreneurship Center and the YSU Small Business Development Center. Undergraduate enrollment is 1,400 and graduate enrollment is approximately 180.