Rock The Street, Wall Street, a nonprofit financial literacy program designed to spark the interest of high school girls into careers of finance, received $5,000 in funding this week from JPMorgan Chase. The funds helped the group sponsor the program at Hillsboro High School in Nashville.
During a four-week program, female volunteers from JPMorgan Chase did their best to make finance fun while helping to assuage girls’ anxiety about math.
“Girls have a stronger negative affective reaction to math than boys,” said Maura Cunn- ingham, Founder of RTSWS.
“As a result of this, and other influences in our culture, we lose girls in math as early as age 9. We want them back. If they can see it, they can be it. Seeing women in math professions deftly handling finances allows our girls to ‘be it’.”
According to recent reports, girls are few in number in high school economic, finance and business classes. This results in less women choosing these disciplines as majors and minors in college and even fewer women choosing to enter into these professions.
According to Cunningham, financial knowledge on how to budget, save and invest are the building blocks to a pathway to economic mobility.