Treasurer Sprague Announces September 2021 Compass Award Honorees
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of September. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“Many organizations across Ohio are working hard to prepare Ohioans to meet the challenges of tomorrow, and the Compass Awards recognize those efforts,” said Treasurer Sprague. “This month’s honorees are helping students better understand personal finance and the impact of making smart financial decisions. Equipping the next generation with this knowledge will help them thrive in the modern workforce and strengthen our state’s economy.”
Compass Award honorees for September include:
Campbell City Schools (Mahoning County)
Campbell City Schools has made raising the bar for students a core mission, ensuring individualized attention is provided to help students manage their finances and transition into successful careers. The district actively provides students with career exploration and money management instruction from the elementary grades through high school. Along with a stand-alone personal finance and careers course, partnerships with area businesses and institutions of higher education help students to better prepare for adulthood and the workforce.
City of Akron Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (Summit County)
The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council provides programming for Akron-area high school students to improve their communities and gain skills to help them throughout life. Programming includes a Teens and Money Financial Literacy Workshop, which provides in-person programming for students to learn about budgeting, credit, and costs related to funding higher education. The workshops are held on weekends and provide students with an interactive learning experience.
Ohio University Credit Union (Athens County)
The Ohio University Credit Union provides curriculum and experiential programs related to financial education at no cost for area Pre-K -12 students. Programs are interactive and meant to be fun – beginning with basic money skills and expanding to learning approaches that require positive decision-making and problem-solving. The organization also offers various speakers presenting on common topics related to personal finance. Most recently, the Ohio University Credit Union received a grant to establish a new experiential learning program called My Life After High School, which will teach students how their choices and career pathways can impact personal finances.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.