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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 for everyone. Discover’s Pathway to Financial Success program is a vital component of this commitment and it’s needed 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.

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on middle schools and high schools across America since launching in 2012. Since that time, the program, which provides curriculum and resources for teachers and tools and tips for parents, has impacted nearly 5.7 million children and their families across the country.

With inflation increasing 7.9% over this time last year, and interest rates on the move, it is critical for emerging adults to understand how these topics play into their daily lives and planning for the future, “The Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program aims to provide students with the context and understanding of real-world financial concepts,  how they can adapt to changes in the world, and their personal circumstances as they move through life to make informed financial decisions.

With various settings through which students have been learning over the past two years, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools online, multimedia resources have seen tremendous engagement among educators, students, and families as they seek high-quality videos, modules, and discussion guides to foster financially literacy. 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.

The newest addition to the resources, launched just in time for National Financial Literacy Month titled Using Credit Wisely, is an expanded collection of self-paced, student interactive modules focusing on building an understanding of credit and how it works. Research shows that 57% of college students have a credit card, yet 74% of teens don’t feel confident about their financial education.  The Pathway in Schools’ unit on understanding credit aims to help bridge the gap by equipping students with interactive learning experiences that take them through everything from determining which type and form of credit aligns with their circumstances, to knowing when to use credit, managing debt and navigating credit reports. With these added resources, the goal is to continue to decrease the amount and percentage of debt as students emerge into adulthood.

Every teacher has heard the question “When will I ever use this in real life?” But with personal finance in 2021, the answer is, “every-single-day, multiple times.” 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 and resources 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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Matthew Towson
Director, Community Affairs

The first week of financial literacy month has come to a close and Jump$tart is always honored to be leaders in the mission to move financial literacy forward. #FLM is an opportunity to talk, to teach, and to reach as many people as we can with the mission and vision of financial education for all. Make sure to check out our FLM Toolkit with graphics and messaging you can use to spread the message.

In efforts to provide quality resources, we are looking to our community of providers to submit resources for review to include in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse. The mission requires access to quality resources that teach, inform, and transform.

Do you have a new initiative, program, book, or other resources, that we can add to the Clearinghouse? Submit it for review today. Email and help us continue of our collective mission to move financial literacy forward.