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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 no matter what challenges arise, Discover remains committed to providing financial education tools and resources. Discover’s Pathway to Financial Success program is a vital component of this commitment, now more than ever.
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. Yet still, more than 1 in 6 U.S. students do not reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy.
Since its inception in 2017, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on middle schools and high schools across America. It has reached over 1.3 million students nationwide and continues to inspire 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.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affecting the landscape of the American education system, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has seen its usage and viewership skyrocket as educators, students, and families seek high-quality videos, modules, and resources filled with lessons in managing finances and controlling spending. The flexibility of Pathway to Financial Success in Schools helps teachers build confidence in their abilities to teach online and introduce personal finance into cross-curricular efforts.
“In an international pandemic, people don’t have the financial skills to help them get through the loss of a job or a furlough,” Prester says. “That can devastate a family. Having financial skills before a crisis happens can help them plan ahead, with the ability to save, prioritize, and make the best decisions for their families. These are all the things you want students to learn at a young age.”
Pathway to Financial Success in Schools is committed to reaching more students at a younger age with empowering and timely resources for both middle and high school students. Every teacher has heard the question “When will I ever use this in real life?” But with personal finance in 2020, the answer is as close as ever before. Financial literacy is one of those topics guaranteed to touch the life of every student in America, and everyone should be prepared for good days and bad. Pathway to Financial Success in Schools offers educators free, high-quality resources on the one subject that every student will need to learn to embark with confidence into the next stage of their lives.
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 community 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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