After years of teaching, Arianne Craig Jolla says parents, not just educators, need to teach their children. And as the nation celebrates Juneteenth on Monday, Craig Jolla says parents have a wonderful opportunity to educate their children on the history behind the day and the joy of freedom.
Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved blacks after the end of the Civil War. As the author of “Teach Your OWN Kid! Schools Can’t Do It Alone,” Craig Jolla says parents play an important educational role on Juneteenth.
As co-founder of the Louisiana based HYPE Academy Private School & Academic Resource Center and a longtime teacher, she says students lack basic financial knowledge.
“It is a cycle of poverty that will not be undone just in a classroom, but there has to be a tool that we bring online, a learning solution for those kids to undo some of the generational issues that we’re seeing,” she says.
Through an interactive app called Cash Academy, Craig Jolla says students will be able to learn how to “earn, invest, save, spend, and give.”
“Just as we are fighting for education freedom in black and brown schools that serve black and brown kids, just as we, Hype Academy, is now moving into our project Cash Academy, and we’re fighting for financial freedom for those same kids, it is important for them to know that historically that their ancestors … fought for those fundamental freedoms to be able to go to school and to get the kind of assistance that many of our young people are the beneficiaries of,” she says.
Listen to the podcast below to learn more of Craig Jolla’s story and the development the new financial education app.