An urgency to address a critical skills gap in K-12 financial education was the theme for a spirited discussion led by Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWitt and EverFi. On August 12th, EverFi and Treasurer DeWit hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders on the importance of financial education in the state of Arizona.
“It is my goal to improve the financial knowledge of all Arizona students,” said Treasurer DeWit. “It is critical that education leaders, business leaders, and technology innovators, like EverFi, continue to collaborate to reach more students with critical skills education.“
During the 2014-15 school year, EverFi reached 113 Arizona schools through its financial literacy programs and served over 8,000 students. Students increased their knowledge in financial literacy topics by 85% after completing the course and felt more prepared to make financial decisions on their own.
Many Arizona community leaders joined Treasurer DeWit for the event including Phoenix Union High School District, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale Unified, Dysart Unified, Arizona Department of Education, and Arizona Charter School Association.
Tony Camp, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the Phoenix Union High School District, talked about the district’s integration of EverFi’s courses and the benefits they have seen. He also invited several CTE students from Trevor Browne High School to share their experience with the program.
Rudy Lima, a 12th-grade student at Trevor Browne High School, shared that “I am grateful to have been exposed to EverFi’s financial education course in high school. Before, I wasn’t confident I knew enough about my own finances, but now I feel more prepared to make important financial decisions as I enter my adult life. I would encourage other students and teachers across the state to get involved with EverFi’s programs.“
A Phoenix Union High School District 11th grade student explained how the program helped her to learn about the FAFSA so she could apply for financial aid when she was ready to go to college. All of the students in attendance have plans to go to college and stated that the program helped them to understand their financial options.
EverFi and Treasurer DeWit plan to work on a continuation plan to keep the group engaged and actively involved in the advancement of financial education in the state. For more information about the roundtable or EverFi’s programs in Arizona, please contact Jessica Golden, Arizona Schools Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.