PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For decades, Junior Achievement has been teaching children about business, finances and money.

On Tuesday, they hosted a mock job fair where children were on both sides of the table.

Students from Trafford Middle School, PPS Obama, St. Iraneus, and Our Lady of Grace got quite a learning experience.

“Influence younger kids and help them decide what they want to do when they are older and I think they look up to older kids and I think they’ll get more excited when they get the chance to do something like this,” Megan Jenkins said.

Our Lady of Grace brought four of the seven teams to the competition sponsored by Junior Achievement.

“It enriches the children’s education not only in financial literacy, but also it also teaches entrepreneurship and work readiness skills,” Amanda Laichak from Junior Achievement said.

One team of young ladies worked a booth for State Farm.

“I think it’s important because it gets them ready for what they would experience when they get older and trying to looking for a job,” Terra Neary said.

The students spent time with volunteers from State Farm. Then, they were judged on their ability to sell the company to fifth graders from across western Pennsylvania.

There were over 1,000 students broken up into two groups.

“Some people ask you how long have you been working here, and we’re like. ‘We are just student representatives,’” Amanda Mazzarini said.

But, both sides got to learn the business of business.


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