It is never too soon to teach these lessons. Much like the “birds and bees” talk of previous eras, money management has become one of those “tough conversations” teenagers need to have with their parents. Many parents are uncomfortable educating their children about financial literacy and hope they learn these lessons from someone else. But the more honest and open we become with our youth, the more opportunities they have to learn, understand and grow.
The goal of Junior Achievement is to reinvent the way children learn about financial issues and how to weather an unstable economic climate. Learning the basics of finance and economics will help youth prepare for their future — whether it’s buying their first car, saving for college or investing in that first home.
To achieve this goal, Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center will open this August with two hallmark programs — JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. The concepts exist in more than 20 U.S. cities. Students will be exposed to opportunities for hands-on interactive learning, and be provided a rigorous, relevant curriculum around financial literacy, business and career exploration.
It is the responsibility of the entire community to help build our youth’s foundation for success. Junior Achievement and many area businesses like Chick-fil-A, Delta and SunTrust are working together to provide students with the stepping stones to a sound financial future.
Jack Harris is president of Junior Achievement of Georgia.