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Preparing Students for the Economics of Life

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A country’s level of wealth does not determine its level of child poverty - the wealthiest nation, the USA, consistently has among the highest rates of child poverty in industrialized nations.

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82% of children in the U.S. whose parents have less than a high school diploma live in low-income families.

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1 in 8 youth in the U.S. under the age of 18 will leave home and become homeless in need of services.

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More than 1.3 million children in the U.S. are homeless at some point each year. Image courtesy of Ian Mitchinson /World of Stock

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Nearly 1/2 of all public high school students in the fifty largest U.S. cities fail to graduate…. every 26 seconds one student drops out.

U.S. Secretary of Education exposed the 2,000 lowest performing high schools… 17 are in Oklahoma.:

U.S. Secretary of Education exposed the 2,000 lowest performing high schools… 17 are in Oklahoma.

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Distribution of personal incomes in society is strongly related to the amount of education people have had.

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2.2 billion children in the world …. 1 billion live in poverty.

Over 1/2 of JA students in Oklahoma come from high poverty households. :

Over 1/2 of JA students in Oklahoma come from high poverty households.

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Education and relationships are keys to breaking the cycle of poverty…. Junior Achievement provides both.

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma will reach over 47,000 students this year.:

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma will reach over 47,000 students this year.

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For every year of education, wages increase by a worldwide average of 10%.

Teachers (95%) report students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates. :

Teachers (95%) report students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.

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Survey results prove that JA is preparing students to develop successful financial management habits.

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More than half of JA BizTown students indicated they were interested in finance and economics.

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83% of students still indicate the program helped strengthen personal skills of teamwork. 62% stay the program helped them manage their money better. Seven years after their 5 th grade Exchange City (JA BizTown) experience:

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JA elementary students demonstrate significantly higher critical thinking and problem solving skills then their counterparts.

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JA students score significantly higher than their peers on assessments that measure financial literacy.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. :

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills.

Locally 75% of high school students surveyed indicate JA helped them see the importance of staying in school.:

Locally 75% of high school students surveyed indicate JA helped them see the importance of staying in school.

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JA Job Shadow makes students think about career options and the importance of education to secure a job.

East Central High School – Tulsa 100% of seniors surveyed indicated JA helped them connect the real world to classroom learning.:

East Central High School – Tulsa 100% of seniors surveyed indicated JA helped them connect the real world to classroom learning.

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Building a Stronger State

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