For more than 15 years, April has been known as National Financial Literacy Month, marked with events that raise awareness of the need for personal finance education at all ages. To celebrate here in Mississippi, I have attended events at Richland High School in Rankin County and Ridgeland High School in Madison County to celebrate the achievements of students engaged in financial education programs as a part of my TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) initiative.
At Richland High School, where we’ve partnered with Regions Bank, students can apply to participate in the Business Academy. On April 3, several students from that program took part in a Financial Scholars Debate. At Ridgeland High School, freshman students participate in the Trustmark Financial Scholars program, sponsored by our partner, Trustmark Bank. At both schools, students use EverFi’s online financial education modules.
Later this month, on April 23, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE), another great TEAM partner, will host the Financial Literacy Challenge at Germantown High School, with students from across the State.
Through TEAM, over the past four years, 95,000 students have gotten 400,000 hours of financial education in more than 350 schools across Mississippi, and more than 1,400 teachers have been trained in personal finance education. In the fall, we will transition into financial education as a required part of the high school curriculum throughout our State, making Mississippi the 18
state in the U.S. to require financial education in school.
Governor Bryant has signed a proclamation declaring April financial literacy month in Mississippi, too. You can read his proclamation here.