JA BizTown is a learning experience for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students that teaches economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a child-size town built just for them. Our partner educators (you!) deliver 14 lessons in the classroom before their students visit JA BizTown. The curriculum is correlated to Common Core standards and is designed to be easily taught straight from the educator’s kit we provide. We train all teachers on the curriculum and provide the teaching materials during a one-time, 2-hour training.
Each lesson takes approximately an hour and the curriculum typically takes about 4-5 weeks to implement in total. Once the students receive the curriculum in their classrooms, they attend an on-site simulation, where each student will have a job within a business team, buys/sells products, receives a paycheck and manages a personal bank account. The simulation has a fully operating economy and runs successfully with a minimum of 60 students and no more than 110-130 students, depending on which of our two facilities is booked.
Each simulation day requires between 16-25 volunteers to assist in the visit. We ask each school to provide volunteers – parents, school employees, or otherwise – to attend with the students. Volunteers arrive 1 hour before the simulation begins to receive training on how to facilitate the students’ learning in the business they’ve been assigned. This is a memorable opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of students. Here are some videos that you can provide to prepare your volunteers.
The cost is $20.00 per student, which covers all the curriculum, teaching materials, teacher training, volunteer training and simulation visit to JA BizTown. There is no cost for teacher or volunteers to attend JA BizTown. It’s important to note that it costs Junior Achievement significantly more to provide this important program, but thanks to the support of community partners, we are able to provide the reduced cost, in an effort to serve more students!