I wish financial literacy had been an educational priority when I was young. Unless our parents were well versed in finance, my classmates and I generally had to figure it out on our own. Many, like me, did so while stumbling through early adulthood. Thanks to Junior Achievement of Georgia and Equifax, local middle schoolers will be much better prepared to manage their finances and credit. We had the chance to see Equifax volunteers and the kids in action at the innovative Junior Achievement Finance Park.
Imagine an interactive marketplace where kids can make personal finance decisions in simulated real-world situations. That’s JA Finance Park in the Georgia World Congress Center. It opened only two years ago and about 30,000 students have already experienced it. Equifax is one of several Atlanta corporations that have joined Junior Achievement’s mission to help students understand credit and personal finance as real-world, practical concepts.
If you’re like me, seventh and eighth grade may strike you as a bit young for kids to begin understanding credit. But Junior Achievement targets this specific group based on research findings that kids start disengaging from school in seventh and eighth grade, when they first begin seeing it as irrelevant to their real lives. I can report confidently that the kids we photographed were highly engaged in the JA Finance Park experience!
I speak for the entire Atlanta Event Photography team when I say that we love seeing first-hand how our corporate leaders partner with nonprofits to improve metro Atlanta communities. Thank you, Mark Braykovich, for giving us the opportunity to see Equifax in action with Junior Achievement.