The Aaron's Foundation unveiled a new storefront on November 5 at the Junior Achievement of Southern California's Finance Park. The Junior Achievement Park allows 7th to 12th grade students to experience a hands-on budgeting simulation in retail stores like Aaron's, as they become "an adult for the day." Through this exercise, the students understand better how adults need to manage their personal finances and the factors that affect income and take-home pay. Students begin to understand that the decisions they make about education and career will have an impact on their potential income and quality of life.
Los Angeles area children, Junior Achievement representatives and Aaron's Senior Regional Manager Phil Billini were present for the store's unveiling. Aaron’s associates stayed after to volunteer and help the students navigate through the Finance Park with their budget assignments.
Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through a community partnership of educators, volunteers, philanthropy and business. The Finance Park aims to improve the financial literacy of future business leaders and employees. It has created an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.