Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Prepares Youth for Economic Success

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As the director of strategy and vice president of new markets at Chasetek in Columbus, OH, business development specialist Michael Marlowe focuses on increasing the company’s new market growth and improving its operational efficiency. Outside of the office, Michael Marlowe works to give back to the Columbus, OH, community as a board member of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.

In its efforts to give youth the knowledge and skills needed to attain future economic success, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio oversees various programs focused on financial literacy, employment readiness, and entrepreneurship. Through the organization’s JA BizTown program, fourth- through sixth-grade students in 14 Ohio counties have the opportunity to gain real-world skills in business and money management.

Led by local teachers and volunteers, JA BizTown comprises a three-stage process that begins with in-class curriculum on economics. Over the course of four weeks, students study business and citizenship and prepare to operate banks, government buildings, and various businesses in a simulated town.

The half-day simulation not only teaches business skills but helps young students learn to be responsible consumers who do not spend more than they earn. Teachers and students follow up the simulation with a 45-minute lesson to discuss what they’ve learned. More information about JA BizTown and other Junior Achievement programs and events can be found at www.juniorachievement.org.