Junior Achievement offers tips to talk about inflation, economics & school supplies
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A new survey by Junior Achievement USA reveals a third of teens (33%) say that their parents or guardians are concerned about the cost of back-to-school supplies this year.
A higher percentage of teens (37%) express concern they will not be able to get every item they need for back-to-school, and nearly as many (34%) say they have depended on teachers, community donations, and other sources to get supplies in past school years, according to a press release.
The survey of 1,004 U.S. teens between the ages of 13 and 17 was conducted from July 5 through 10 by Big Village, the release states.
The Youth CARAVAN survey was conducted by Big Village, representatives of the brand say, and was among a sample of 1,004 13-17-year-olds. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls.
The 1,004 respondents, officials report, are all who qualified and completed based on the demographic quota requirements.
Junior Achievement officials report the MoE is +/- 3.1% for the recently completed survey.
“Each back-to-school season, we hear about families who don’t have the means to provide all of the supplies their students may need for the school year,” said Anne Landers, vice president, strategy impact at Junior Achievement of Arizona, in a prepared statement. “Rising costs and supply chain issues may make that especially hard for families this year. We encourage everyone who can to donate school supplies this year to help young people in your community.”
Teens were also asked how much they thought their back-to-school supplies would cost this year. The average estimated cost was $238. However, according to a recent back-to-school survey by Deloitte, parents estimate the average cost will actually be $661 per student, the release states.
To help parents and guardians talk to their kids about inflation, Junior Achievement USA is releasing, “A Parents’ Guide: Talking to Your Kids About Inflation.”