Money management is a skill many adults lack let alone students learning how to properly invest and spend money wisely.
Recently, a Junior Achievement Investment Strategies program was held at Kate Andrews High School (KAHS) in Coaldale.
“The Investment Strategies program is teaching kids how to learn the stock market, smart ways of investing, the different strategies and they actually get a chance to trade virtual money online in the real stock market. There is a competition between British Columbia and Alberta — last year KAHS won the competition for Alberta. That was quite a celebration. We’re hoping we can keep that tradition going,” said Shelly Flexhaug, regional co-ordinator for Lethbridge and Area Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta. According to Flexhaug, Financial One and Financial Two classes were held recently at the school and next semester the classes will be offered again during the school’s Financial Management class.
Junior Achievement is for students from Grade 4 to Grade 12.
“We teach financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship,” said Flexhaug, adding she wishes KAHS the best of luck in the competition.
According to Junior Achievement (JA) Canada, JA started in southern Alberta in 1960.
JA is now in over 121 countries. JA is a non-profit operating through nine offices across southern Alberta, reaching almost 25,000 students.
The Lethbridge region began operations in 1988 and currently offers program delivery for Business Basics, Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success, an Investment Strategies Program, JA Titan, World of Choices and the Company Program.
The region includes Lethbridge, Coaldale, Taber, Magrath, Pincher Creek and surrounding area.