SAN DIEGO (11/14/14)--Mission FCU, San Diego, with $2.5 billion in assets, has donated $1 million to the Junior Achievement of San Diego's Mission Fed JA Finance Park program, which focuses on improving financial literacy for local high school students.
The new program, which will now feature Mission FCU as a named sponsor, will reconfigure the Junior Achievement curriculum to accommodate the use of tablets and mobile apps to help already tech-savvy students financial success.
"One of the ways Mission FCU gives back to the community is through our commitment to financial education," said Angie Lasagna, Mission FCU vice president of community relations. "High schools aren't always able to offer the types of economics courses that help students learn to budget their money."
"We want to do our part to help high school students gain the skills they'll need to manage their money and reach their goals as confident members of the community, and we hope to do this through Mission Fed JA Finance Park in perpetuity," Lasagna added.
The digital curriculum will allow students to participate in real-world financial activities, such as online banking and paying bills on their tablets. The coursework also will introduce them to concepts such as insurance, credit and long-term investments.
The program starts in the classroom where students study income, saving, investment, risk management and credit, said Joanne Pastula, president/CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County.
From there, they go on a field trip to the park to practice what they've learned.
"Mission FCU has once again shown its passion for community involvement with its ongoing support of Junior Achievement and by becoming a cornerstone of JA Finance Park," Pastula said. "Students who enroll in this program will build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal-finance decisions."