Caden Harris, 11, launches financial literacy bus
Caden Harris will soon be on the road teaching finance at schools and clubs in the Atlanta metro area.
ATLANTA – A lesson in money, budgets and saving for kids – from a child.
A young entrepreneur will soon be on the road teaching finance at schools and clubs in the Atlanta metro area.
11Alive Anchor Cheryl Preheim spoke to 11-year-old CEO, author and business owner Caden Harris about her latest venture – a mobile financial learning center.
“I want to be able to take it anywhere so kids everywhere can learn about financial literacy,” Harris said.
Harris got the idea when a fortune cookie told him something on four wheels would be a fun investment. Her father, Sean Harris, said it didn’t take long for this fortune to be realized.
“Two weeks after that, he actually bought the bus himself – in cash – with the profits from his business,” he said.
Harris invested $10,000 of his own money in the school bus, but there was still a lot of work to do.
“It was dirty, the inside was ransacked,” Harris’ father said.
It was time to renovate. Harris approached many Atlanta CEOs to raise the capital needed to cover the costs. Many were quick to invest in the young business owner and his idea of helping teach kids about money. Investors included Goodr, Beautiful Briny Sea, Afrokids, Ziggy, Tootie Cakes and more.
After weeks of hard work, the bus was finally finished. It is currently hidden behind the New Black Wall Street in Stonecrest, where it will remain until the reveal. Even Harris hasn’t seen the renovations yet – he wants to be surprised.
The financial literacy bus will debut on Saturday, July 30, but Harris’ dad gave 11Alive an exclusive look inside.
The bus is complete with an ATM, interactive bank, stock exchange and even a stocked store.
“That way the kids can budget – necessities or luxuries,” Harris’ dad explained.
For them, it’s about helping others and empowering children across the state.
“Once they learn about economics at an early age, they can make powerful life decisions that will create generational wealth,” Harris’ father said.
“I hope they can learn how to earn, save, budget and invest money,” Harris said. “With that, we can have better communities, better cities, and I think that could really help.”
Its goal is to have a learning center in every state. Until then, he and his father said they would continue to fundraise to keep the bus running and provide free financial tours and classes in deprived areas.
Harris already has school visits on her schedule for the next month.
The bus will be unveiled on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at New Black Wall Street in Stonecrest.