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Two Local Non-Profits Collaborate to Teach Financial Literacy

SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA) and Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) share a common goal.  The mission of both organizations is to help Sheboygan residents become smart managers of their personal finances.  That common mission resulted in a closer collaboration when the two organizations began sharing office space at 1930 N. 8th Street in Sheboygan last month. 

Junior Achievement provides Sheboygan schools with supplemental curriculum that is delivered by trained community volunteers.  JA volunteers teach elementary school students the difference between needs and wants and the importance of saving, both of which are basic building blocks of financial literacy.  Middle schoolers are assigned life personas and learn how to build and manage their monthly budgets.  In high school, JA learning experiences dig deeply into complex financial issues like saving for retirement, investing, and risk management.

Jenni Stein, Sheboygan Area Director of Junior Achievement, said,” Sharing office space with CCCS seemed like a natural fit.  Both organizations share a passion for financial literacy.  We serve different target markets within the same community but impact the same families.”

Consumer Credit Counseling Services works with adult individuals and families to help them achieve financial stability and improve the quality of their lives.  Through education, counseling, and debt management services, CCCS helps Sheboygan residents get on the path to financial freedom.  The CCCS vision sees financial wellness as the way to create happy communities, build housing stability, and empower their neighbors to experience freedom from financial troubles.

Daryl Mangeri, Executive Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service, quoting from American businessman and philanthropist Edward Filene, said, ‘Progress is the constant

replacing of the best there is with something still better!’ “I feel our recent collaboration with Junior Achievement will achieve this and more with residents receiving the absolute best from both organizations”.

The two organizations will look for ways to combine and build community programming opportunities, so all members of a client’s family can learn how to become good managers of their personal finances and work toward building a better Sheboygan.

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