Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to students and teachers at Meridian High School’s Ninth Grade Academy about the importance of financial education. Meridian High School is one of over 350 schools that currently participates in my TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) initiative. TEAM brings financial education teacher training and curricular resources to schools through a public-private partnership so there is no cost to schools, teachers, parents, or students.
TEAM is now in its fourth year in Mississippi schools. In our first three years, over 66,000 students engaged in the program for a total of more than 255,000 learning hours. And, in benchmark assessments, these students are experiencing an average 92% improvement in their financial awareness. Plus, TEAM has trained over 1,200 teachers across the State, expanding the reach of our financial education program even beyond the students enrolled in specific financial education classes.
It is so exciting to meet with people like Meridian Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter, Principal Shevonda Truman, and Dropout Prevention Coordinator Deidre Bland to talk about how we can reach even more students at Meridian High School with TEAM. It is even more exciting to see how engaged these students are in learning the life skills that will help them achieve their dreams and goals.