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Students learn about dollars and sense from Canada’s leading financial professionals
Fellows of CSI join with Junior Achievement to teach money management skills
TORONTO , June 2, 2009- Canadian Securities Institute® (CSI), Canada’s leader in professional financial services education has partnered with Junior Achievement of Central Ontario to bring financial literacy to grade seven students across the Greater Toronto Area.
Junior Achievement's "Dollars with Sense" financial literacy program is being delivered by 46 Fellows of CSI in collaboration with the teachers to over 1000 students in 46 schools across Ontario. Using the interactive games, workbooks and tools from the program, each of these financial professionals bring their real world experience, knowledge and investment know-how to classrooms to help educate students about future career possibilities, money management, investment choices and the importance of setting goals and planning.
"Becoming financially literate and understanding the basics of money management are skills that will help a student throughout life," says Christina Caney, Director of Client and Designation Development for CSI. "As part of our commitment to play a role in the communities where we work, CSI wanted to find a way to help young people understand business and economics; Junior Achievement's 'Dollars with Sense' program was a natural fit. It allows us to draw upon the vast experience of our member Fellows of CSI to give back to the community."
Developed by Junior Achievement, the "Dollars with Sense" one-day sessions cover everything from the origins of trade to the ins and outs of investing. It is designed to help elementary students grasp economic and business concepts as well as develop their personal finance knowledge. A key component of the program is the practical experience the volunteer instructors bring to the classroom.
"The financial advisors that have been connected with Junior Achievement of Central Ontario through CSI have been a tremendous asset. Their combination of passion, financial skills and desire to support their local community has made a significant positive difference for students in the GTA," says Jeff Good, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.
The CSI volunteers all hold the Fellow of CSI (FSCI) designation, recognized as the highest honour in the financial services industry. It is awarded to industry professionals who bring an exceptional combination of advanced education, ethical training and experience to their business.
"More than 1000 students have benefited from the expertise these volunteers brought into their classrooms, and now each of those students has increased financial literacy and greater confidence in managing their money today and into the future," added Good.
CSI and Junior Achievement are currently piloting the program in Central Ontario and hope to expand it nationally in the fall of 2009.
For more than 35 years CSI has been Canada’s premier provider of professional qualifications and compliance solutions for the financial services industry helping more than 700,000 financial professionals reach their career goals. CSI offers more than 120 courses ranging from the well-known Canadian Securities Course to sophisticated accreditation programs such as the Chartered Strategic Wealth Professional (CSWP™) designation. Valued for its expertise in Canada, CSI also partners with organizations worldwide to provide financial services consulting and training projects in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. CSI can be found at www.csi.ca.
Junior Achievement is an international non-profit organization that gives students the tools to understand the economics of life and inspires them to become the successful in their own lives and as leaders of tomorrow. As part of this mission of enhanced financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and job readiness, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario has united volunteers, business leaders, educators, parents and communities in helping to prepare youth for their future. During the 2008/2009 school year – our 40th Anniversary year – Junior Achievement of Central Ontario is expecting to reach approximately 70,000 students in 2,500 classrooms in the regions of Toronto, Peel, Halton, York and Simcoe County. Junior Achievement of Central Ontario can be found at www.jacentralontario.org.