JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett brings finances to life

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Developed to educate and designed to inspire a generation of young people who know how to budget, save, and invest, ready to control their financial futures and achieve their dreams…

Opening in the new Discovery High School in the fall of 2015, JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett will provide hands-on experiences in financial literacy for GCPS 6th and 8th grade students who have completed related classroom instruction at their home schools.

In JA BizTown, the historic Lawrenceville courthouse will be surrounded by familiar businesses. Visiting students will take part in BizTown’s simulated economy as an employee, taxpayer, and consumer. Working in teams at assigned businesses, students will learn by doing— developing budgets, making purchasing decisions, and increasing their business know-how.    

Modern-day Gwinnett is the inspiration for JA Finance Park— a “City of Tomorrow.” With this simulation, students will experience their personal financial futures first-hand. Assigned a “life situation”— complete with a job, income, education level, and family scenario— students will learn
how to make wise financial decisions and manage a household budget.

A similar center housed at the World Congress Center in Fulton County has yielded strong results for participating students who overwhelming reported that they can see the strong connection between choices made during the simulations and the real-life choices they will face. Not surprisingly, research finds that, with hands-on experience, young people make the connection between school, their level of education, and the lifestyle they hope to lead as adults.

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