Junior Achievement of Georgia and the Chick-fil-A Foundation today unveiled a new state-of-the-art financial literacy and career readiness center inside the Georgia World Congress Center. Beginning Sept. 10, more than 30,000 middle school students from Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools and Marietta City Schools will visit Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center each school year.
The 50,000-square-foot facility provides a 360-degree educational experience that begins in the classroom and culminates with a day at the interactive simulation venues JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®. The experiential learning experience, teaches students the importance of personal budgeting, career readiness and real-life adult responsibilities represented by a “mini-city” of simulated storefronts.
“This is the next step in JA’s continued efforts to empower students to own their future economic success. With JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, Junior Achievement had a vision to develop a center that would bring education to life,” said Jack Harris, president of Junior Achievement of Georgia. “In just 11 months, with the help of organizations like the Chick-fil-A Foundation, SunTrust and Delta, we were able to transform that vision into a reality.”
Junior Achievement and the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s commitment to financial literacy, career readiness and improving the graduation rate among local students drove the desire to bring JA BizTown and JA Finance Parkto Atlanta. The cooperation among more than 50 businesses, foundations and local education systems laid the foundation for a transformative experience that will equip future leaders with the knowledge, capacity and motivation to become financially independent and build a better future for themselves and their community.
“The unique partnership forged between area businesses and educators provides kids with a unique opportunity for mentorship and learning beyond their mandated curriculum,” added Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs of Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of Chick-fil-A Foundation. “It’s a perfect complement to the work we are doing for youth and education and demonstrates the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child.”
About Junior Achievement of Georgia
Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make educated academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences to students from kindergarten through high school. JA of Georgia offers multiple programs, including in-class programs, JA BizTown®, JA Finance Park®, JAMS and JA Fellows all of which focus on entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness. During the 2012/2013 school year, JA of Georgia served more than 160,000 students statewide through six district offices located in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah. For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org.
About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation
The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to lead the company’s commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A’s local communities. The Foundation’s work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit www.chickfilafoundation.org.
 SPONSORS: AIG, AT&T, Assurant, Atlanta CEO Council, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Tech Village, Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, AutoTrader.com, Bank of America, Belk, Bennett Thrasher, Chick-fil-A, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Elavon, Emory Healthcare, EO Atlanta, Equifax, First Data, Gas South, Georgia Power, Georgia State University, Harry Norman, Hire Dynamics, ING, Jackson Healthcare, KIA Motors, Kaiser Permanente, Kauffman Tire, KSU Coles College of Business, Lockton, Metro Atlanta Chamber, NCR, Newell Rubbermaid, PGi, Post Properties, Publix Super Markets, Purchasing Power, RockTenn, SunTrust Bank, Technology Association of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta, UPS, Walmart and Wells Fargo