Fellows of CSI join with Junior Achievement to teach money management
TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - CSI Global Education Inc. (CSI), Canada's leader
in professional financial services education has partnered with Junior
Achievement of Central Ontario to bring financial literacy to grade seven
students across the Greater Toronto Area.
Junior Achievement's "Dollars with Sense" financial literacy program is
being delivered by 46 Fellows of CSI in collaboration with the teachers to
over 1000 students in 46 schools across Ontario. Using the interactive games,
workbooks and tools from the program, each of these financial professionals
bring their real world experience, knowledge and investment know-how to
classrooms to help educate students about future career possibilities, money
management, investment choices and the importance of setting goals and
"Becoming financially literate and understanding the basics of money
management are skills that will help a student throughout life," says
Christina Caney, Director of Client and Designation Development for CSI. "As
part of our commitment to play a role in the communities where we work, CSI
wanted to find a way to help young people understand business and economics;
Junior Achievement's 'Dollars with Sense' program was a natural fit. It allows
us to draw upon the vast experience of our member Fellows of CSI to give back
to the community."
Developed by Junior Achievement, the "Dollars with Sense" one-day
sessions cover everything from the origins of trade to the ins and outs of
investing. It is designed to help elementary students grasp economic and
business concepts as well as develop their personal finance knowledge. A key
component of the program is the practical experience the volunteer instructors
bring to the classroom.
"The financial advisors that have been connected with Junior Achievement
of Central Ontario through CSI have been a tremendous asset. Their combination
of passion, financial skills and desire to support their local community has
made a significant positive difference for students in the GTA," says Jeff
Good, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.
The CSI volunteers all hold the Fellow of CSI (FSCI) designation,
recognized as the highest honour in the financial services industry. It is
awarded to industry professionals who bring an exceptional combination of
advanced education, ethical training and experience to their business.
"More than 1000 students have benefited from the expertise these
volunteers brought into their classrooms, and now each of those students has
increased financial literacy and greater confidence in managing their money
today and into the future," added Good.
CSI and Junior Achievement are currently piloting the program in Central
Ontario and hope to expand it nationally in the fall of 2009.
For more than 35 years CSI has been Canada's premier provider of
professional qualifications and compliance solutions for the financial
services industry helping more than 700,000 financial professionals reach
their career goals. CSI offers more than 120 courses ranging from the
well-known Canadian Securities Course to sophisticated accreditation programs
such as the Chartered Professional (Ch.P.) Strategic Wealth designation.
Valued for its expertise in Canada, CSI also partners with organizations
worldwide to provide financial services consulting and training projects in
Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. CSI can be found at
Junior Achievement is an international non-profit organization that gives
students the tools to understand the economics of life and inspires them to
become the successful in their own lives and as leaders of tomorrow. As part
of this mission of enhanced financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and job
readiness, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario has united volunteers,
business leaders, educators, parents and communities in helping to prepare
youth for their future. During the 2008/2009 school year - our 40th
Anniversary year - Junior Achievement of Central Ontario is expecting to reach
approximately 70,000 students in 2,500 classrooms in the regions of Toronto,
Peel, Halton, York and Simcoe County. Junior Achievement of Central Ontario
can be found at www.jacentralontario.org
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For further information: Media Contacts: Felicitas Adrian, CSI Global
Education, (416) 681-2242; Loretta Lam, Focus Communications Inc., (905)
305-0308 x 208; Mark James, Cohn & Wolfe, (416) 924-5700 x 4086