Volunteers needed to teach children financial literacy

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — The Junior Achievement program helps teach kids about money and financial literacy in and out of the classroom.

“You’re never too young to get a financial education. I mean, we start in kindergarten to teach financial literacy to students,” Merkel said.

Currently, the program is looking for volunteers to help teach the lessons inside the classroom.

“If you have the time to commit at least once a week for 5 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, depending on the program, we do personalized internships. So if, you know, if you want to volunteer in Trumbull County, we’ll place you in Trumbull County,” Merkel said.

The program needs volunteers to teach these lessons to K-12 students. School-aged children are welcome to help at the elementary level and middle school children can also get involved.

It is preferable to have a background in business or finance.

They will be hosting information sessions February 15 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Junior Achievement office in Liberty. Information sessions will also be available on zoom on these days from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Later this month, the Junior Achievement Program will host “Start My Business” at the Eastwood Mall.

This is a program that teaches children ages 8-12 how to start and own a business.

This will take place on Thursday February 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. and again on Monday February 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

On April 30, Junior Achievement will host another program at Eastwood Mall called “Youth Market Day” where children can show off their products and services that they have created to the public.

Sarah J. Greer