April 16th was the Kick-off press conference for Financial Fitness week (April 20th- April 26th), a consortium of FREE financial literacy classes aimed at giving everyone from teens to seniors the tools to take control of their finances.
The press conference was lead by Junior Achievement Board member and volunteer Mike Meroney. Other speakers included Austin City Council Member Brewster McCracken, who read Senator Kirk Watson’s financial fitness proclamation, and Junior Achievement Director of Program Services Christine Kempff. Capital One also presented 4 scholarships totaling $10,000 to middle school and high school students. Applicants were tasked with writing an essay describing the importance of financial literacy.
United Way was present during the planning of this initiative and supports it through the 2-1-1 Texas program. To get all the information on the session and also the locations you can call 211 or you can go to financialfitnessaustin.org