Financial Literacy Volunteers Needed at Oregon Events Throughout May

Volunteers will guide school-age students through a real-life budgeting exercise.

4/30/2019 

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Credit union professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of Oregon’s school-age students will have numerous opportunities to spread the financial literacy message throughout MayJunior Achievementa not-for-profit organization that helps prepare young people for success in the global economy, is looking for Volunteers to run JA Finance Park events at Salem and Portland-metro area events scheduled throughout May. 

JA Finance Park is a one-day, 4.5 hour simulation where students create a real-life budget based on a randomly assigned life situation. Volunteers guide the students through 20 expense line items commonly found in family budgets – from mortgage and car payments to cable and health care. The students create a budget, shop for the best options for their families, and pay monthly bills. 

A minimum of one volunteer for every six to eight students or about 20 to 25 volunteers is needed each day. Volunteers are asked to complete a 90-minute training the morning of the simulation prior to students arriving.  

To sign up, contact Tracy Kinne, Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Volunteers are needed May 1, 2, and 3, in Salem, and on May 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, and 24 in Portland.  

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation supports financial education by partnering with several organizations, including Junior Achievement, which provides business, economic, and life skills programs to the region’s youth. The program’s mission is to ensure young people are equipped to succeed in a global economy.