Junior Achievement Reveals New Facility Located in Camp North End
Relocation introduces all-new JA Finance Park® program and equips organization to impact more than 600,000 students
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (September 27, 2018) – Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), the premier organization dedicated to educating youth from kindergarten through 12th grade to develop skills needed for workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, has revealed its new location in Charlotte’s Camp North End development, less than two miles from Uptown. The building will be called Paragon Bank Opportunity HQ.
The 30,000 square foot facility, located at 1701 North Graham Street, introduces the brand-new JA Finance Park® program which will host all CMS 10th grade students during its inaugural year. Students in the program participate in a simulated digital game of life that allows them to develop a personal budget. They will also explore numerous career opportunities presented by sponsors and will better understand how to develop their own personal next generation pathways. The new facility also offers a larger and completely updated JA BizTown®. This flagship program, originally hosted in JACC’s former Uptown location, combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. The program hosts over 14,000 fourth and fifth-grade students each year, providing an experiential learning simulation designed to help them understand how a local economy functions, as well as the role they play as a business owner, employee, and consumer. Each student applies for a job, earns a paycheck, and uses a debit card.
Additional facility features include a dedicated student training space, two large presentation rooms, spacious and bright staff offices, and ample parking.
JACC has also announced the corporate sponsors who have made this facility possible through their leadership investments in its $6M Build on Opportunity Campaign, of which $4.6M has been pledged. Alongside of title sponsor Paragon Bank, a Division of TowneBank, major partners include Ally Financial, SPX FLOW, Nucor Corporation, Bank of America, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, SteelFab, and Wells Fargo.
“JACC is so proud to partner with Paragon Bank, a Division of TowneBank, and these extraordinary companies in Charlotte who have stepped up to the plate to further economic opportunity for local students,” stated Sarah Cherne, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. “We have made tremendous progress already, but we aren’t finished yet! We’re looking forward to joining forces with many more companies, individuals, and foundations across Charlotte who are eager to move the dial for local students who need it most.”
“Our local students need social capital and next-generation pathways, and we believe strongly that JACC’s programs and its new facility are the vehicle through which we will provide significant impact and access to opportunity. We are thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Paragon Bank Opportunity HQ,” stated Phil Jurney, Charlotte Market President of Paragon Bank, a Division of TowneBank.
The new location will equip JACC to grow over 42% in annual student impact within the first three years, serving over 60,000 students each year, galvanizing a tangible change among local student trajectories and strengthening Charlotte’s local economy and talent pool.
JACC will begin welcoming students to its new facility in October 2018 as it continues to empower young people to own their economic success.
ABOUT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRAL CAROLINAS (JACC):
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people in grades K-12 with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, also operates an office in Rock Hill, South Carolina and has an active presence in many nearby counties to effectively serve nearly 60,000 students annually through its experiential educational programs. Delivered by corporate and community volunteers, JA programs provide relevant, engaging experiences that educate and empower students in the areas of financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit http://www.jacarolinas.org/.