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The Money JAR Episode #30: The JA Finance Park Experience

Knowing how to be financially responsible is arguably one of the most important skills an adult can have.  Often, the financial decisions that a young person makes early on will determine their quality of life for decades to come. So what can be done to hone economic savvy at an early age? Tune in as our hosts explore Junior Achievement’s new state-of-the-art mobile financial literacy program for teens, JA Finance Park!

 

Operating nationally since 1919, and for 64 years in Oregon and SW Washington, Junior Achievement (JA) is a nonprofit organization that partners with schools and businesses to provide business, economics and life-skills programming for youth. Their mission is to ensure that young people are empowered to succeed in a global economy by focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness education for K-12 students. As an organization they serve nearly 40,000 local students annually–nearly 4,000 of which will experience JA Finance Park.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.