Helping people achieve a brighter financial future is Discover’s mission. Whether it’s helping customers and our employees spend smarter, manage debt better and save more, or teaching the next generation good financial habits, Discover remains committed to providing financial education tools and resources. Discover’s Pathway to Financial Success program is a vital component of this commitment.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans ages 18-26 who have taken a financial education course believe the lessons will save them more than $10,000 over the course of their lifetimes, according to a survey from Discover.
Since its inception in 2017, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on high schools across America. It has reached 119,244 students nationwide and continues to empower high school students to achieve better financial futures.
“With over 80 percent of young people ages 18-22 making their financial education a priority, it is empowering for educators to have an extensive financial literacy curriculum to provide as much knowledge around healthy money management habits as possible,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “By introducing my students to the Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program, I hope to motivate them to make smart financial decisions that will positively impact them, both personally and professionally, as they continue life’s journey.”
We believe it is an advantage to learn the basics of personal finance early and wish to provide younger students with this opportunity. Therefore, last year, we expanded the Pathway to Financial Success in Schoolsprogram to reach middle school students. The middle school integration is based off the existing high school curriculum that consists of a standards-aligned suite of materials, including tools and experiences to help students make intelligent financial decisions and achieve their personal goals. The middle school activities offer the same strength and flexibility of the high school program.
Each unit consists of a teacher video and a student video introducing a personal finance topic and three classroom activities. The middle school integration has a target audience of educators in the Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Social Studies classrooms. This cross-curricular alignment will provide seamless integration into existing content and maximize usability. Like the high school program, the middle school activities are offered to educators free of charge.
“Our shared goal with Discover Financial Services is to provide immersive and engaging instruction to promote fiscal responsibility among young students,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We are confident that expanding the Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program will empower the next generation to make prudent and informed financial decisions.”
The foundation of Discover’s business is rooted in offering the tools, resources, and advice that will help people achieve a brighter financial future. The Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program continues to have a positive impact, one classroom at a time, across the country. Post-program, students are more informed and better equipped to make smart financial decisions that will have a direct impact on their future. Moving forward, Discover will continue to search for new ways and avenues to bring this level of financial education to today’s students and the current workforce.
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