MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Educating thousands of students with learning opportunities for "entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness" — that's the focus of the brand new Junior Achievement building.
The organization, which seeks to inspire the youth with the help of volunteers, held an open house Friday, January 20th, located at 516 Tillman Street.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris spoke at the event and the Greater Memphis Chamber held the official ribbon-cutting.
Also in attendance were representatives from organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We're hoping to interest some of the children here today — some of the students here today — to take an interest in one of our opportunities so that we can recruit from our local area into careers at St. Jude as they grow," campus operations director at St. Jude Blaire Benavides said. "Somewhere in this room, there may be a future scientist or a future clinician who may make some really wonderful discovery that could help advance the cures for cancer."
There are 105 "JA Areas" across the United States. Those interested in either donating to the Memphis Junior Achievement or becoming a volunteer can find more information here.
Tuesday, January 24, students from Binghampton Christian Academy and New Hope Christian Academy, were visiting JA Biztown, which is a model city that the students after weeks of preparation in the classroom. at JA Biztown, the students learn to hold a job, earn a paycheck, register to vote, budget their money and time, and be a part of their community.
Students run a model city at JA Biztown