Junior Achievement of Washington and Harborstone Credit Union joined together with a common mission of financial empowerment for today’s youth. We believe in educating youth on the importance of establishing financially healthy habits, and starting early. This joint passion led Harborstone to participate in JA Finance Park® with an interactive hands-on learning experience to encourage students to “Pay Yourself First.” This message shifts our traditional thinking to re-focus on the importance of establishing savings to have money set aside to support long-term life goals, emergency savings, and retirement. During this one-day student simulation at JA Finance Park, students who can tell a staff member how they pay themselves first will receive a Harborstone lanyard along with a “Very Important Payment” badge. If the student brings this badge into a branch, they can get a jump start on savings by opening a minor savings account. Harborstone will also contribute up to $100 if the student demonstrates financially healthy habits and contributes at least $10 each consecutive month for 12 months.
In addition to our JA Finance Park participation, our staff members also have the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom to provide additional financial education, all thanks to our valuable JA partnership.
Thank you, JA of Washington, for allowing us to be your trusted partner in this valuable mission!
More about Junior Achievement of Washington
For 65 years, JA of Washington has engaged with state-wide communities, collaborating with schools and businesses to build strong, viable partnerships that empower young people. Guided by the values of integrity, respect, and excellence, JA of Washington’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy via in-school and immersive programs like JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness.
Driven by the passionate power of its volunteer citizens, JA programs are taught by educators and community and business mentors—individuals committed to the success and healthy development of young people. Long established as a key component of its successful program dynamic, mentorship is recognized by JA as a successful pathway to sustainable, productive futures for over 75,000 young people in Washington state and more than 2 million students over the course of our 65 years of service. For more information, visit jawashington.org.
Pictured above: Cadets from Washington Youth Academy who participated in the student simulation at JA Finance Park
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