Empowering youth through financial education

Banc of California partners with Junior Achievement on a multitude of projects to provide a wholesome education in financial literacy. By volunteering at JA, our employees share their personal and professional experiences and skills with students from local communities and help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.

By bringing curriculum to life Banc of California volunteers provide students with the knowledge needed to pursue and achieve their educational, financial, and professional aspirations. Creating curriculum, immersive activities and class schedules, financial experts from our bank encourage the students to not only own their economic success, but to elevate and empower the communities they thrive in. Learning the basics of good finances and achieving personal financial well-being impacts our society and community. By starting this important conversation early, we are able to shape and guide younger members of our society in order to better our future economy.

Teaching entrepreneurship and workforce readiness to empower communities

The Junior Achievement organization has a mission to inspire and empower more than 12,000 young people through entrepreneurship, workforce readiness and education – a mission that Banc of California shares and supports. With the knowledge gained through JA’s programs and through the support of volunteers like Banc of California employees, we are ensuring that our future workers and leaders have information about how the real work world works with a focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Through funding, board representation and volunteer programs, we help provide invaluable skills and knowledge in finances along with engaging activities to put this newly acquired knowledge to use.

How We Contribute to the Success of Our Community

JA in a Day

Every quarter, Banc of California volunteers visit schools and classrooms of local low-to-moderate-income communities and teach financial literacy. Programs are designed not only to equip the students with information, but also to teach them how to apply it in real-life situations, start a conversation and establish interpersonal connections.

Finance Park

Banc of California volunteers in an immersive experience event that helps simulate everyday financial situations. Guiding financial choices gives us the ability to illustrate the knowledge learned in classrooms and grasp the importance of good financial decision-making.

JA Classroom

Banc of California volunteers commit to six to eight weeks of learning curriculum to complement school efforts. Through engaging content and curated activities, these K – 12 students learn good money habits and the basics of economics.

Board Representation

Board members have an important responsibility to curate financial literacy learning materials and activities and to provide input on technologies that influence the learning process.

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Through five volunteer-led lessons, students were introduced to practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. The students explored production methods and learned about taxes, decision-making, and how money flows in an economy.

Angela Johnson, Development Associate, Junior Achievement of Orange County

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement’s programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. JA’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten—12th-grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. The Junior Achievement organization strives to make a difference in each young person’s life by providing the tools that can lead to getting a more fulfilling career and life.

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