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California Jump$tart at Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

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By Andrea Ferrero,

Financial Literacy Day was celebrated on June 26th on Capitol Hill. Students, educators, finance education leaders, and policy makers came together to discuss the future of financial education. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) kicked off the event sharing that “Financial literacy is important for today, tomorrow, and all our futures.” The energy of that message resonated through the afternoon as everyone explored the tremendous potential of finance education to spark change and transform lives.

As a board member of the California Jump$tart and the Executive Director of Pockets Change, I was drawn to the sense of collaboration. From students sharing the impact of finance education in their lives to organizations discussing how we can all advocate for greater access and application of resources, everyone shared that financial literacy impacts much more than our wallets. We change lives when we work together to build financial literacy and financial resilience.

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Celebrating Jump$tart Coalition’s impact across the country! Laura Levine CEO and President of National Jump$tart, Bill Cheeks Jump$tart Eastern States Regional Director, President ABBA Associates Inc., Executive Director of Coalition to improve Credit Education, and Andrea Ferrero California Jump$tart board member and Executive Director of Pockets Change

California Council on Economic Education to Increase Financial Literacy Among Students and Families

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Los Angeles Unified has announced plans to partner with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and City National Bank to provide high school seniors and families greater access to financial literacy education. CCEE will provide free financial literacy workshops for LAUSD students and their families, thanks to a generous donation from CCEE Board Member, John Nickoll and the Nickoll Family Foundation. The workshops will complement a digital interactive tool from City National Bank that high school seniors can use to learn personal finance in the classroom. Lessons for both programs include how to apply for financial aid, establish credit, invest wisely and more.

Empowering Local Students with Financial Literacy Education

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Kathie Blanchette, VP of Education, Junior Achievement of Northern California (925) 465-1073 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Empowering Local Students with Financial Literacy Education

JA Finance Park Mobile
February 19 - March 1, 2019, Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Junior Achievement of Northern California organizes hands-on financial literacy learning experiences for youth in 23 counties.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Luther Burbank Savings is pleased to present the JA Finance Park® Mobile to the students of Sonoma County. Produced by Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California, the JA Finance Park provides an innovative and interactive environment for middle school and high school students to learn personal finance literacy skills and some of the basic economics of life for the 21st century.

Underwritten by Luther Burbank Corporation Foundation and staffed by more than 70 Luther Burbank Savings employees, JA Finance Park Mobile will welcome over 1,200 students during nine days this month. Upon arrival, enrolled students will find multiple dynamic storefronts and kiosks where they will be able to engage with educational tools to gain an understanding of managing money effectively and efficiently through a variety of everyday scenarios.

To be eligible to visit the JA Finance Park, students will have completed 13 hours of class-led coursework. Junior Achievement provides the curriculum and works with teachers committed to helping their students achieve financial literacy.

“Luther Burbank Savings was founded in Santa Rosa more than 35 years ago, and along with all of our employees, I am thrilled to further our commitment to this community by introducing the JA Finance Park to Sonoma County for its inaugural visit. At the Bank, our guiding mission is to improve the financial future of our customers, employees, and shareholders,” said Simone Lagomarsino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Luther Burbank Savings. “Financial literacy is an important part of preparing students for their futures and empowering them as they mature into young adults. We are extremely proud to partner with Junior Achievement as they develop enriching content and programming to support this growth.”

“JA Finance Park offers future generations of Sonoma County leaders what it takes to own their economic success, plan a career path, and make smart academic decisions,” said Cristene Burr, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern California. “We are excited to bring our first ever mobile program to Northern California and appreciate Luther Burbank Savings for their continued time and resources. We share a commitment to inspire today’s talented youth to overcome the challenges of managing their own finances and to help them value our training for a lifetime.”

Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students from kindergarten to 12th grade about the fundamentals of finance, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, has reached more than 8 million students in 100 countries worldwide.

About Junior Achievement of Northern California
Junior Achievement of Northern California is one of over 100 local JA organizations across the nation that collectively form the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and

skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. Junior Achievement of Northern California is part of Junior Achievement USA and operates in 23 Northern California counties.

About Luther Burbank Savings
Luther Burbank Savings, an FDIC insured, California-chartered bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Luther Burbank Corporation (NASDAQ: LBC) headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. Luther Burbank Savings executes on its mission to improve the financial future of customers, employees, and shareholders by providing personal banking and business banking services. Luther Burbank Savings is an equal housing lender. The Luther Burbank Corporation Foundation (Foundation) was established following the devastating North Bay fires of 2017 in an effort to facilitate the rebuilding of Sonoma County. It is funded by contributions from Luther Burbank Savings, its shareholders, directors, employees and business partners. The Foundation also supports the Bank’s community development and economic revitalization efforts. For additional information, please visit

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