Hundreds of HS students on campus this week for “Financial Starting Points”

fin pts b415-1More than 600 high school students and educators will learn about money management as they participate in “Financial Starting Points” 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 7, in Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The event is being hosted by Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Associated School Employees Credit Union, and YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration.

More than 30 local business mentors will provide education and hands-on experience in managing credit, investing in the future, and building a personal budget. During the Life Skills Session, each student will be given a random salary and, with the help of volunteers, will determine their monthly expenses such as food, housing, transportation, clothing, education and more and must have a balanced budget when finished.

Since many high school students are just starting to earn their own money, high school is a perfect time to learn about money management, said Michele Merkel, president of Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc. “It’s very important to give young adults the opportunity to learn good money management skills,” she said. “We challenge high school students to think about how they can become financially prepared to rent an apartment, buy a car, attend post-secondary education, or whatever their goals may be.”

April is Financial Literacy Month.

About Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley Inc.
Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Inc. is an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Locally, JA provides programs for more than 10,000 K-12 grade students annually within Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties. Visit for more information. Connect on Facebook at and follow on twitter @JAMV.