I was contacted not too long ago by Junior Achievement. They were wondering if I would like to do an interview with them on here. I’ve done interviews in the past, but I never felt like I asked the right questions. So I wrote them back asking if I could ask you for your questions to have them answer (like what I did with the authors of “On My Own Two Feet). They are happy to do a Q&A with you!
First of all, I should let you know more about Junior Achievement. From their site:
JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
I realize now, more than ever, how important it is for children to learn life skills related to money. I try to fit in some personal finance tidbits when I can with our son and we are trying to be good financial role models. Sometimes it’s tough. With the economy the way it is right now, kids are feeling some of the stress.
Junior Achievement sent me some facts to share:
- 14 percent of U.S. teens 15-17 years-old report the need to contribute financially to the family budget.
- One-third of all teens report less job availability.
- 53 percent of teens surveyed say they’re choosing activities that cost less money.
- More than 50 percent say they talk about the economy with their friends.
- 18 percent of 15 -17 year olds polled said they have lost a job due the economy.
- Nearly three-in-ten teens (29 percent) said that the economy is causing them anxiety.
- More than three-quarters (77 percent) of the teens polled say that their parents are talking about the economy more than they used to.
- Nearly half (49 percent) said their parents had discussed family finances with them as a result of the economy.
- 15 percent of teens said they have reduced extracurricular activities as a result of the economy.
With that, I’d like to open up the floor to you for asking Junior Achievement any of your “kids & money” questions. Just leave your question as a comment below. I’ll keep the comments open until Tuesday (04-07-09) at 11:59pm and then I will send them over for them to answer. Depending on the response – they might not be able to answer them all.