Learning for Life with Junior ATB
St. John Bosco School students are amongst the many elementary students across Alberta schools who are operating their own ATB "branches," learning real-life job skills, gaining self-confidence and building their savings.
At St. John Bosco School, we were thrilled to have our ribbon cutting ceremony this fall and to engage students towards financial literacy. With over 135 student applicants for the various roles and such as greeters, tellers, back cash counters even directors on the board.
Students were interviewed by a panel of staff from the school and ATB and were selected to be a part of this bi-weekly opportunity to operate as a bank within a school setting. Top candidates earned a spot on the St. John Bosco School Jr. ATB Executive Board, because of their diverse skills and communication styles demonstrated during the interview. Just like they will a few years down the road, Junior ATB student workers go through applications and interviews to land their Jr. ATB job. Once "hired," they learn proper banking procedures with real money, and how to manage their classmate "customer" accounts. There is even a junior board of directors. Who knew sophistication started so young!
Their classmates are invited to open real savings accounts where they can make regular deposits at school. What makes this program great is that kids learn from a young age about the power of saving and develop valuable job skills as well as earn a sense of responsibility.
The Jr. ATB Financial Program always brings a smile to one's face as students learn hands-on and are engaged to operate their own working ATB branch with the guidance of ATB associates. Seeing children in a variety of grades proudly make a deposit towards a new purchase, or saving for special occasions is heart-warming and puts a smile on everyone's face. It is especially terrific when some fellow students 'chip in' and even loans a classmate some money to get to the goal.
"This is work. It's preparation for real life." Is a familiar quote we continue to hear since this program has started at our school.
Watch the video to see the delight of students as they discover "work" and meet with success with the guidance of ATB Financial associates.
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