San Diego Region Educate Students on How to Run a Business

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PUBLISHED OCTOBER 25, 2016

In late October, San Diego region partnered with the Junior Achievement (JA) McGrath Family BizTown program in San Diego, California, to educate children from Kimball Elementary and Palmer Way Elementary School.

JA’s BizTown allows students to become adults for a day in a life-sized city that reflects the San Diego community. In each of the 21 businesses, the students held different job titles and managed the business by helping customers, taking in deposits, handling cash, balancing their checkbooks, and purchasing goods with the money they earned. The students come from schools located in low to moderate income areas, and identify mostly as Hispanic and Asian.

Four San Diego region team members volunteered and, along with volunteers from other companies, educated over 200 students on budgeting, checking and savings accounts, and credit cards by helping them run their own businesses.

In addition to assisting the students on completing their job tasks and keeping track of their personal finances, our volunteers also mentored them on what being a working professional is like, and how to make wise business decisions.

The San Diego regional team did a phenomenal job working with the students, and were instrumental in making the event a success. The bank is proud to support programs like JA BizTown.