JA Program Support Seen as Economic Evidence in Atlanta

Though it?s not surprising when a business leader supports Junior Achievement's mission, a published testimony is still powerful and appreciated. Recently, Gerald Scott, vice president of Norcross, Ga.-based First Community Development and a JA employee for 36 years, shared an opinion editorial article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which touted the work that Junior Achievement of Georgia is doing to give more students access to financial literacy education.

Jenner Wood, chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank's Atlanta/Georgia division shared a "silver lining" to Atlanta?s economic challenges. He contends Junior Achievement of Georgia's planned Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center is evidence Atlanta?s challenges have "stirred leaders across Georgia to forge partnerships on financial education that will strengthen our workforce and benefit our state for years to come."

"The Atlanta community is marshaling the human and financial capital necessary to make significant strides in this area," Wood wrote. "The most recent example is the Discovery Center, which will be housed at the Georgia World Congress Center."

The center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and will include two interactive venues, JA Finance Park and JA BizTown, which will offer hands-on experiences so students can participate in simulated real-life financial and job situations. The process begins with four weeks of classroom instruction and culminates with the interactive elements. Approximately 30,000 sixth- through eighth-graders attending Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton School Districts are expected to participate annually.

In an interview with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Wood explains SunTrust's passion for the project. "Our purpose for being is lighting the way to financial well-being. We can help these youngsters begin on their journey," he said.

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