by Josh Barker
If you have ever wanted to be an adult for a day you can have your dream come true at the “CHICK-FIL-A JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DISCOVERY CENTER”. It is located next-door to the Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center. It is a place for 7th and 8th Graders to learn about the real world. You and your classmates would have a job to do and complete it in Biz-town. In Finance Park you find out how you can survive in the real world with situations given to you. For example if your income is $10,000 a month and you have a wife and two kids that is four people who need food, clothing, shelter transportation, etc. You go to stores of sponsors like Chick-fil-a, a major sponsor, SunTrust, Wells Fargo, Publix, Belk, and Georgia Power. Also Kia, Delta, and AT&T. JA [Junior Achievement Discovery Center] is an amazing place.
Aaliyah Lewis, a 6th Grader, who was acting CFO at Emory University said, “Working as a CFO is kind of hard. You have to write checks and pay bills, and it felt very real. I would like to do this again and try being a physician next time.”
“It’s been really fun having my own job and getting my own paycheck. I had to do a lot of paperwork, check on my employees, and give customers what they need. I had to learn about the company, and how to deposit and write checks. It’s been a rush, but it’s been fun.” Derrick Dorsey another 6th Grader, who was acting CEO of Newell Rubbermaid.
There are JA Centers around the country.
For more information about the JA Discovery Center, go to www.georgia.ja.org. To register your class get your teacher to go to their website then find “Register your class” on the side bar of the home page.