• Paul Fingleton

PayPal helps 400+ students improve budgeting and financial skills

Life skills, such as being financially savvy, are best learned at an early age. PayPal recently hosted over 400 students at their Dundalk offices, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, to deliver the Balancing Act programme, which encourages young people to remain in education, while helping them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

As part of PayPal’s Financial Inclusion Charity Grant Programme it ran a series of financial education workshops in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland. Pictured attending one of the workshops in PayPal’s European Operations Centre in Dundalk are transition year students from Coláiste Rís, Dundalk and St. Mary’s College, Dundalk

The Balancing Act programme comprises of three modules – Balancing act; Your credit, your future; and Savvy shopper. The first of these modules educates students about living within their means, managing budgets and saving. The second component explained various financial products to the students with an emphasis on understanding credit applications criteria. The final module focused on understanding the need to plan before shopping.


"As part of PayPal’s Financial Inclusion Charity Grant Programme we are delighted to support both Junior Achievement Ireland and our local schools with the delivery of these workshops. It was particularly rewarding to see the enthusiasm and interest in financial planning among so many students from the Dundalk area.

This initiative and training will help the students prepare for the future with some essential life skills. Delivering these financial education workshops to 400 local transition year students has given us the opportunity to make a real, tangible difference to the local community"

- Laura Morgan Walsh, Director of Risk & Financial Services Operations EMEA, PayPal


Transition year students from St. Mary’s College, O’Fiaich College, Coláiste Rís, St. Louis, St. Vincent’s and Bush secondary schools were welcomed into PayPal’s European Operations Centre in Dundalk for the workshops.

The 400 students also enjoyed a guided tour of the vibrant and modern working environment at PayPal’s European Operations Centre, including the large open-plan offices, gym, games room, restaurants and cafés.