The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma recently granted $50,000 to Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.“These dollars will continue support for our efforts teaching the important life lessons of budgeting, financial investments, philanthropy, and personal finances through Junior Achievement capstone programs like Junior Achievement Finance Park-Mobile that provide the outreach necessary to serve rural Oklahoma students,” said Brian Jackson, development manager, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. Through hands-on classroom activities and site-based experiences, Junior Achievement Finance Park students build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal-finance decisions. The Junior Achievement Finance Park-Mobile will now include a new philanthropy kiosk named for the Masonic Charity Foundation. The Park-Mobile is dedicated to educating 7.000 Oklahoma middle and high school students in the basics of financial literacy, budgeting, investing, philanthropy, and managing risk, all while reinforcing the value of education and how it affects one’s future. “The Masonic Fraternity is proud to support financial literacy education programs such as those offered by Junior Achievement. The financial knowledge gained in this program will empower students to make good financial decisions as they begin their adult lives,” said Bob Peters, grand master of Masons in Oklahoma. Junior Achievement helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. Junior Achievements’s unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through continued support we can help change these statistics below in your community:

> 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.

> 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.

> 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.

> 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.