Junior Achievement Teams Up with the Financial Planning Association for Financial Planning Week®

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Volunteers from the Financial Planning Association to teach Junior Achievement programs at local schools.

Junior Achievement of Georgia (JA) and the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) of Georgia are teaming up to promote the importance of financial literacy to celebrate the eighth annual Financial Planning Week®, October 7 – 13, 2013.

Financial Planning Week is an effort to raise the public’s awareness about the value of financial planning and to help Americans make smart financial decisions to achieve their life goals and dreams. Junior Achievement and FPA hope to educate Atlanta’s middle school students about money management basics through a volunteer initiative in which FPA members will volunteer at JA’s new Atlanta Discovery Center by leading them through financial literacy programs.

During the visit to the Park, students receive a unique “life situation” with job, income, education and family scenarios. Based on their circumstances the students work through a series of 18 individual and family financial decisions, including housing, transportation, food, utilities, healthcare, investments, philanthropy and banking.

Jack Harris, president of Junior Achievement of Georgia, added, “If there is a silver lining to the recent economic meltdown, it is a stronger focus on the importance of financial literacy, both in the business world and for individuals. We’re pleased to partner with FPA during Financial Planning Week to highlight an important part of smart money management—sound financial planning. With the help of FPA volunteers from our community, we plan to reach hundreds of local middle school students with JA’s programs during the Week. JA programs help students distinguish between ‘wants’ and ‘needs,’ help them create and use a budget, and teach them the basics of investing—all using age-appropriate concepts.”

“The Financial Planning Association recognizes the importance of learning financial responsibility at a young age and teaching healthy financial habits to children. This education helps young people understand what type of impact their financial decisions have throughout life,” said Lauren M. Schadle, CAE executive director/CEO of FPA. “Joining together with Junior Achievement allows us to address specific needs of children in different communities across the nation.”

For more information about Financial Planning Week, visit http://www.Facebook.com/GAFinancialPlanningWeek or call 770-516-8322.

About Financial Planning Association
The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization for those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning. FPA believes that everyone can benefit greatly from the experience and advice of a competent, ethical financial planner. FPA is the premier resource for the public to find a financial planner who will deliver advice using an ethical, objective, client-centered process. For more information, visit http://www.FPAforFinancialPlanning.org.

About Junior Achievement® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 131 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional five million students served by operations in 125 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ja.org.

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