Several Lotane employees spoke to high school students on the importance of education, financial wellness and debt awareness.
06/01/2023 2:20 P.M.
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As part of their involvement with the nonprofit group Junior Achievement and its Space Coast Career Speakers Series, several employees and leaders of Lotane & Associates, an ACA International member company based in Cocoa, Florida, volunteered last month to speak to local high school students about life, education and financial wellness, setting them up for success to avoid debt.
Junior Achievement, a global, nonprofit youth organization, has over 100 locations across the nation 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.
Junior Achievement offers lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship to positively impact the lives of young people.
“This experience was heartwarming and allowed us to connect with the students of Cocoa High School on a proactive level,” said Julie Thompson, director of operations at Lotane & Associates. “We shared struggles, experiences, and how to manage their spending, yet still have fun and consider 401(k) investing. We also talked about how a $12 fast food meal could end up costing them nearly $100 over time of paying with a credit card when only paying a minimum balance. A few of our employees who are scheduled to attend law school in the next year discussed their experience with Brevard County Schools and participating in dual enrollment to graduate with their associate of arts degree when graduating from high school. We will definitely continue to participate in this program and several more—we had such a good time!”
Later in June, Lotane will sponsor two interns through Junior Achievement, providing them with work and career experience in their firm.
Additionally, Lotane works with United Way Agencies in Brevard to improve education and financial wellness and reduce food insecurities.