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(Tallahassee, FL) – Junior Achievement Big Bend has received a $10,000 grant from Truist Foundation to help support financial literacy education for grades K-12 in the Tallahassee area.

JA Big Bend’s financial literacy programs shows elementary students about how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city to teaching middle and high school students about the interrelationship between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. To help them along the road of financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, and investing. Students will be able to identify how their personal finances affect their quality of life. They will understand how their financial choices will be the basis of how they get what they want and need.

“We are grateful to Truist for their generous gift, which is helping JA Big Bend bring life-changing programming to youth in our community”, said Elyse Cornelison, Director, Junior Achievement Big Bend. “These programs are delivered at no cost to our schools and this Truist Foundation grant will certainly make a difference in the lives of our students and inspire these young people to own their economic success.”

“Truist is enthusiastic about its partnership with Junior Achievement Big Bend which supports one of our four key pillars, Economic Mobility,” said Chris Mills, market president with Truist.  “When individuals and families have the chance to make choices that lead to better opportunities, they can achieve more for future generations. That is why we’re committed to addressing barriers to economic mobility through areas such as financial education and workforce development in the Tallahassee community.”

About Junior Achievement Big Bend

Since 2012, Junior Achievement Big Bend has reached over 30,000 students in the Leon County area.

JA Big Bend programs are focused on three pillars (financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness) and is coordinated and administered by JA Big Bend. JA Big Bend provides materials, scheduling, and the training needed for JA volunteers and educators. JA Volunteers consistent of local businesses, entrepreneurs and community advocates who provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give K-12 students the knowledge they need to succeed in the global economy. With the help of these JA Volunteers, JA Big Bend has reached nearly 3,000 students during the 2018-19 school year. Learn more at

About Truist Foundation

The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at


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Elyse Cornelison
JA of Big Bend

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