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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.

As the recipient of Jump$tart’s 2020-2021 Innovation Award, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on middle schools and high schools across America since launching in 2017. The program has reached roughly 1.5 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.”


Moving Financial Literacy Forward

With the various settings through which students have been learning this past year, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools online, multimedia resources have seen much engagement as educators, students, and families seek high-quality videos, modules, and discussion guides 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.

The newest addition to the resources, launched just in time for Financial Literacy Month, is a Master Class Series comprised of 3 professional development videos and a companion educator guide. The series follows the journey of 3 unique educators as they each share their stories and strategies for fostering financial literacy among their students. Amanda Lucerno, one of the educators showcased in the series, blends personal finance with SEL for her middle school students.  “When you’re happy, you may not spend as much money. When you’re sad, you may spend more money,”she explains to her students every Friday when she focuses on how feeling influence spending decisions.  This is just one of the approaches highlighted with more supporting resources and prompts provided in the companion guide that can be used with classrooms to put strategies into action.

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 2021, 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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