FutureSmartSM Challenge Brings Financial Education to Young Leaders

    You won't find a better use for the phrase "knowledge is power" than when you're talking about financial knowledge. After all, the more you know, the better prepared you are to create a strong and financially secure future. Young people who are financially literate grow into adults who are prepared to make smarter choices about money and finances. That’s why we have leveraged our expertise to develop a national program called the FutureSmartSM Challenge to educate middle school students about smart money management.

    MassMutual’s FutureSmart Challenge is arranged in conjunction with select NBA teams where in interactive seminars students learn the importance of savings, career choices, staying in school and going to college, and how each has a profound impact on their future financial success. The program extends a long-time collaboration with Junior Achievement to provide additional financial education in the classroom, and brings MassMutual’s LifeBridgeSM Free Life Insurance program to the cities that the Challenge visits to provide income eligible families with free term life insurance that protects their children’s education, and MassMutual pays the premiums.

    To date, the program educated nearly 20,000 students visiting nine major cities. Our future plans include visits to Denver, Philadelphia, Miami, Phoenix, Oakland, Charlotte and Boston.

    FutureSmart is one of a cohort of educational programs at MassMutual that are focused on the educational needs of today’s youth. At MassMutual’s corporate offices, high school and college students are offered a variety of opportunities from college scholarships to  internship opportunities. All with the aim of exposing students to the corporate environment, and inspiring them to explore career opportunities in the financial services sector, in hopes they’ll return after college to work for the company or in the industry.

    “Through programs like FutureSmart, as well as providing scholarships and sponsoring Junior Achievement programs, MassMutual is not only helping students get a strong educational foundation, they’re also building their workforce pipeline with potential job candidates for the future,” adds Joyce Richards, President of Junior Achievement Arizona. “They’re putting their philanthropic dollars to work to ensure a bright future for younger generations, the community and company.”

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