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#FREEDOM17 is an amplified voice of the: young adult, adult, working person, unemployed person, mother, father, guardian, grandparent, teacher, pensioner/retiree, one with a credit card, one with a car loan, one with student loans, homeowners with a mortgage and any person who has learned a lesson about money the hard way, wishing someone had taught them sooner. This petition is to save our youth and free them from the poor financial experience that awaits them in the real world. Parents do what they can and teach as much as they were taught. Now, as a community we must do what we can to show that there is a serious need on the rise surrounding money and our youth because it was an issue that was surrounding us in our youth too. MONEY - Kids are taught that they need it, they are being moulded to crave it, effort is given to show them how to make it and yet, not enough is being done to equip them on tactics of managing it. Freedom17 has a clear and practical vision; to have funded after-school programs, running for youth/children, that equips them with the knowledge of how to manage money responsibly, ask questions and get the answers that will help them do more than dream of success, they will epitomize success.

Recognizing the importance of introducing financial literacy to youths, Freedom17 is a petition that acknowledges Financial Literacy as the fourth fundamental school subject, alongside: Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Freedom17 acknowledges Ontario's School Boards' intentions to build financially literate students. This petition’s goal is to create a flow of free, unsponsored, readily available and practical financial teachings to all students before they reach the legal working age of 16, in hopes of teaching them how to manage money before they start earning it. Freedom17 envisions a readily available after-school program, free for all children, as a solution to the transitioning period in which schools work on integrating Financial Literacy as a stand alone subject, taught to grades 4-8 and 9-12.

Freedom17 seeks to complement the school system that encourages our youth to find stable career paths/employment; a strong addition to society, communities, and the Canadian economy. Youths that have been equipped to earn money but also equipped on how to spend, manage/invest and save that money is the goal. Freedom17 sees financial freedom for our youth not in how much they make but how well they can manage what they do have throughout their lifetime. Freedom17 is inclusive and encourages this vision/learning requirements as essential and beneficial to students in every school board, area and neighbourhood.

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