Helix High Kicks off School Year with Mission Fed JA Finance Park
Helix High seniors kicked off the school year by learning how to make smart economic choices with a trip to Mission Fed JA Finance Park this month. The experiential program was brought to life by our partners at Intuit. The team of professionals served as valued mentors to help prepare students for the real world.
"It is a challenge to support a family on a $65,000 salary in San Diego. I was surprised at the high-cost of groceries and rent. The program made me realize I need a higher salary to enjoy a life-style that I want for my future. I appreciate Intuit and JA for giving me this experience,” said Raven Vasquez, a senior at Helix High.
(Ryan McAllister, JA YES Member and Sales Leader at Intuit with Raven Vasquez, a senior at Helix High.)
The JA Finance Park program helps students decide what happens after high school as they plan for education, career and financial success. When students come to the Park, they receive a “life situation” and salary based upon a real San Diego job, they choose in the classroom. Students must then apply for a home loan, purchase a car, shop for groceries, make investments, save for the future, all while balancing a monthly budget.
“The Intuit team is committed to preparing tomorrow’s leaders for career success. By volunteering at Mission Fed JA Finance Park, we can continue to work closely with the students to share career advice and help them make the connection between what they are learning in school to build a great career at a company like Intuit,” said Ryan McAllister, JA YES Member and Sales Leader at Intuit. The day at the Park kicked-off a week of service for the Intuit employees. The nationwide initiative encourages employees to devote volunteer time to support their local communities.
If you are not familiar with our newest experiential learning program, we invite you to watch a short video about JA Finance Park.