Access to quality education can help change the path for a child, putting them on track to discover and pursue their passions through college and into the workplace. It shouldn’t matter where you come from, how much money your family makes, or what kind of school you attend—everyone deserves a chance at a bright and fulfilling future. To fully understand how to achieve that future, it is crucial to learn essential life skills that are important to planning for your educational path and are relevant in today’s workplace. These are all issues at the core of the Foundation’s education commitment, and part of the important work we are doing as a program-related investment in our Earn Your Future Digital Classroom.
A comprehensive financial literacy program designed for students in grades 3-12, the Earn Your Future Digital Classroom equips teachers with the tools to educate their students on critical and complex subjects. Learning how to manage money and make wise financial choices is an essential life skill, yet many students enter adulthood without learning the basics of personal finance. Innovative self-paced modules on subjects ranging from purchasing a home and using credit to investing and saving can help provide basic lessons that the students can use for the rest of their lives.
Our three-year, $2.1m agreement will continue to expand and develop the Earn Your Future Digital Classroom, providing four new modules focused on Saving for College and Paying Taxes for middle and high school students. Since launching the program in 2016, almost 5,700 teachers, parents, and volunteers and over 81,700 students—nearly 50% of which are from schools where over half of the school population are racial/ethnic minorities—have used the Earn Your Future Digital Classroom. Our collaborative efforts will continue to level the playing field so that every student can pursue their passion and access their potential.
Charlotte Coker Gibson
Executive Director, Charitable Foundation, PwC US