On June 15th, Gratus team members visited the Junior Achievement of Georgia Discovery Center at the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. The JA Discovery Center program was created to prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. At Junior Achievement, their vision is to develop a generation of individuals who are armed with the confidence, knowledge, and determination to thrive – to build a better future for themselves and their community.

Gratus Capital at the JA Discovery Center

Gratus volunteers joined together with groups of 3 to 5 middle school students to mentor them through their day in a financial real-life simulation. The team used digital tools to lead the groups through the program, where the students were given careers, income, and families. In the simulation, each student learned how education, income, and credit can affect their future. They created a budget and learned how taxes are taken out and what to put aside for retirement, emergencies, and general savings. With their new budget, each group set out to visit the different businesses at the JA Park to learn about daily, monthly, and yearly expenses and how they relate to their budget and savings plan. The team enjoyed educating the students on how to make money and how to spend money wisely in a hands-on and fun way.

JA launched its first discovery center in Georgia in 2015. 174,000 students throughout Georgia participated in JA programs last year, and 9 out of 10 teachers observed sustained higher levels of engagement in the months following their students’ participation in JA BizTown or the JA Finance Park. JA has provided 2.5 million contact hours to students, accumulated 15,000 volunteers, and partnered with over 300 businesses in the United States.

Get Involved at JA Discovery Center

Volunteering with JA goes far beyond time spent with the students. The experiences you share and scenarios you help bring to life will impact the students forever. To learn more about how to volunteer with JA Finance Park at the World Congress Center, visit http://www.georgia.ja.org/volunteer/.