JA Financial Literacy Month Lunch and Learn Series

While every month at JA is financial literacy month, April is the nationally-recognized opportunity for individuals to build their financial savvy. In April 2021, JA offered weekly livestreamed financial literacy topics relevant to teens at no cost to schools. You can view each session below.


TIAA is the official sponsor of JA’s Financial Literacy Month



Presented by Joshua Ross, Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Denver
Bitcoin was created in 2009 and twelve years later it reached a record high of $61,000 per coin. Bitcoin is a virtual currency, or more commonly known as a cryptocurrency that is managed by a decentralized network of users instead of a government or central bank. During the session, students will learn how and why Bitcoin started, how it is valued, the benefits it provides, and how it compares to other cryptocurrencies.

Understanding Credit

Presented by Shawn Murphy, Director of Relationship Management, Sallie Mae
Understanding how credit works and building a responsible credit history early on is essential to building a strong credit score.  This session will review the five primary factors considered in a credit score and discuss best practices for building and managing credit.  Students will learn more about FICO┬« Scores, credit cards, and credit reports.

Leveling the Financial Playing Field Through Education

A panel discussion presented by CNBC featuring JA teens around the country.


Presented by Shawn Murphy, Director of Relationship Management, Sallie Mae
There are scholarships for almost any hobby, talent, interest, or sport. Students will learn the importance and ease of using a scholarship search engine, the variety of scholarship resources available, how to create a winning scholarship essay, and key tips on applying for scholarships.

About the Presenters

Shawn Murphy is the director of relationship management for Sallie Mae and assigned to the colleges and universities throughout Colorado and Utah. Shawn has over 20 years of financial aid industry experience.  Shawn continues to use his experiences and knowledge to present to high school students/parents and educate college counselors on financial aid complexities.  Before Sallie Mae, Shawn was a member of the financial aid staff at the University of Denver. Previously, Shawn worked for Rider University, the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority, and Citigroup – Student Loan Corporation. Shawn attended Rider University in New Jersey, where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Joshua Ross is the Director of Entrepreneurship and an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Denver. Since 2009 Joshua has taught undergraduate courses on entrepreneurship, business & technology in The Daniels College of Business. Joshua holds an undergraduate degree in communication from the University of Colorado and an MBA in IT from the University of Denver.

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