SC Treasurer Loftis Helps Teach DJJ Juveniles About Managing Money

DJJ and South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis teamed up to teach juveniles at the Upstate Evaluation Center the importance of budgeting money and long-term finances.

On Tuesday, Treasurer Curtis Loftis attended the "Mad City Money Program" at UEC, where about two dozen juveniles learned a valuable lesson about money. The program was provided by Founders Federal Credit Union.

"Budgeting and financial planning are important issues in South Carolina that directly impact everyone," explains Treasurer Loftis. "I’m proud to help empower juveniles with lessons that will help them their entire lives."

Earlier this year, DJJ and Founders FCU partnered to teach financial literacy to juveniles.Tuesday's exercise challenged juveniles to plan out every aspect of their budget. Each juvenile was assigned an occupation and salary, from which they made "life" decisions regarding food, housing, clothes, transportation and more. Surprise situations were also handed out to simulate the unexpected expenses of everyday life.

More than 240 juveniles completed the program since June.

For more information about the event or DJJ, contact DJJ Public Affairs at (803)896-9765 or publicaffairs@scdjj.net.