JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Step right up! Finance students at Ribault have you covered.
"We teach the students how to manage their money, how to get a job and keep a job," teacher Alfred Aviles said.
The Vystar Academy is an internship-style program that requires students to go through 10 weeks of training and an interview process.
The 12 chosen each year will perform the same duties any regular employee would.
"Opening accounts, going to the teller stations, helping everyone get their money together," senior Kenisha Morgan said.
Morgan supervises her classmates. She says they not only learn financial literacy...but life skills that will take them far in the future.
"My communication skills have gotten better. Finding myself being very professional outside of work and school," she continued.
Students earn school credit for their participation in the academy. Aviles says Thursday's presentation is representative of a great community effort...and an investment in the next generation.
"Students can actually see what they learn in the classroom immediately being applied and you don't have that 'when am I going to use this again?' question," he said.
"Ribault's branch is open to students, faculty and staff five days a week. Vystar is now open in five schools with plans to expand into more.