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CUA & Junior Achievement Launch #Adulting Bootcamp

Youth gain insights on money matters, career readiness

CUA staff Melanie Van'tKruis and Laura Doane explain credit scores to #Adulting participants.Halifax, N.S. – CUA and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia (JANS) have partnered to launch #Adulting, a program dedicated to preparing youth with skills to help them transition to adulthood.

Yesterday, when most high school students in the Halifax area were enjoying a day home from school, ten youth from Pathways to Education in Spryfield, spent the day working on their own professional development.  The youth completed a day-long bootcamp style program called #Adulting, learning a variety of valuable lessons on money matters and workplace readiness, including budgeting, financing, decision-making and goal-setting.

According to Kristin Williams, President and CEO of JANS, the program was developed in response to input from students and JANS program alumni.  

“There was a clear need for the development of learning opportunities that would increase confidence in financial matters,” says Kristin Williams. “Our #Adulting program provides youth with the skills needed to help them transition to independent living and it’s because of like-minded partners like CUA, that we are able to continue delivering this valuable programming.”
Experienced staff and volunteers from CUA and JANS delivered #Adulting to the group of engaged teenagers, eager to learn the skills that will help them move in to adulthood and future independence.

“CUA is committed to helping Nova Scotians improve their overall financial well-being,” says Marie Mullally, President & CEO of CUA. “We are pleased to partner with JANS as they continue to provide valuable programming aimed at enhancing the knowledge of our region’s youth and in turn, creating a positive impact on the overall prosperity to our economy.”
Planning is underway for a second cohort of students to complete the #Adulting bootcamp later this year.

About CUA:

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CUA is a full-service banking institution serving 20,000 members with flexible products, personalized service and quick decisions. CUA has eight branches spanning from Tantallon to Cole Harbour, as well as a Corporate Office for Wealth Management Services, Commercial Lending, and a dedicated Customer Contact Centre. For more information, please visit

About Junior Achievement Nova Scotia:
Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship.  JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas.



Aaron Veinotte
Manager, Marketing and Communications
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Courtney Connor
Director, Entrepreneurship & Specialty Programs
P: 902.818.1290

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