Jean Childs Young Middle School sixth-grade students participated in the Junior Achievement and Chick-fil-A Foundation’s Discovery Center BizTown, located at the Georgia World Congress Center. For four weeks, students focused on the financial literacy curriculum provided by Junior Achievement before experiencing the culminating event at JA BizTown, an interactive marketplace representing the local business community, including financial services, media, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing and more.
Students received unique job assignments and worked in teams at their assigned businesses. Each student completed a full business day of developing a budget and making purchasing decisions. This interactive simulation provided students an opportunity to learn about finance and careers, and to transform into sole decision-makers and owners of their personal financial success.
“The absence of financial literacy often leads to students making poor financial decisions and developing poor financial habits,” said Dr. Kelvin Griffin, Young Middle School principal. “We are committed to our students using the financial knowledge they acquire to manage their future financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.”