Circle and Junior Achievement Collaborate on Digital Financial Literacy
Circle Internet Financial, in collaboration with Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California, has launched a financial literacy curriculum for high school students in the Bay Area.
Empowering the Next Generation with Blockchain Knowledge
Circle Internet Financial, a global fintech firm known for issuing the USDC token, has joined forces with Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California to roll out a comprehensive Digital Financial Literacy Curriculum. This initiative is aimed at high school students in California's Bay Area.
The curriculum, developed jointly by Circle and JA of Northern California, is a two-part program. It covers lessons on the history and evolution of money, Bitcoin, blockchain, NFTs, and stablecoins. An early pilot of the program, conducted with JA of Northern California summer interns, received positive feedback, with 92% of participants recommending it as a valuable resource for high school students and young adults.
Circle Scholar Awards: Investing in Future Leaders
In addition to the curriculum, JA of Northern California is overseeing the Circle Scholar award program. This initiative will grant twenty $5,000 scholarships to students who complete the Digital Financial Literacy Curriculum between 2023 and 2025. The scholarships aim to support students in their post-secondary educational pursuits.
Mercina Tillemann-Perez, VP of Circle Impact at Circle, emphasized the importance of understanding the growing digital economy. She stated, "Working with Junior Achievement to break down the complexities of decentralized technology and digital assets will prepare students with resources to participate in and build the next generation of financial services and create a more inclusive and equitable community surrounding this industry."
Cristene Burr, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern California, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with Circle. She highlighted the transformative potential of the Circle Scholar Award, which allows students to pursue their post-secondary education goals.
The Digital Financial Literacy Curriculum is set to be available to students throughout Northern California. Upon completion, students and teachers will have the opportunity to apply for a Circle Scholar award, further emphasizing the commitment to promoting digital financial literacy among the youth.