Providing Financial Literacy & Education
Two of Georgia United Foundation's cornerstones are financial literacy and education. That’s why we partner with Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia on multiple levels. Georgia United Credit Union has been a financial supporter of the JA Discovery Centers across the state since 2015 and is currently one of only two businesses that sponsor all five of the JA Discovery Centers in Atlanta, Gwinnett, Cumming, Dalton, Savannah Center and Augusta coming for the 2023-24 academic year.
Discovery Centers are high-impact education centers that allow middle school students to experience learning like never before. Following a series of in-class sessions, JA Discovery Centers bring education to life and provide students with an immersive learning experience giving them a glimpse of what their futures could hold – from continuing education to career choices. Companies like Georgia United sponsor storefronts in this simulated economy to give thousands of students exposure to real-life skills that will be used for years to come.
JA currently receives Georgia United Foundation’s highest level of grant support. Our commitment to JA comes from the top as our CEO Debbie Smith is an officer of the Board of JA of Georgia. If you would like to help the foundation support JA or other programs, click here to learn more.
Georgia United has been recognized by JA each year for providing volunteers to teach middle schoolers about real-life finances and entrepreneurship through the JA Discovery Centers. JA volunteers help show students how concepts learned in the classroom are applied in everyday life while in an environment that allows them to test out those scenarios in a hands-on experience. This empowers the students to own their economic success.
Georgia United volunteers also provide business coaching through the JA 3DE program for high schoolers and JA Inspire Virtual Career Fairs.