Elementary school students are not old enough to drive, work, or vote. But that doesn't stop them from operating banks, managing businesses, writing checks, investing in stocks, and earning a profit at JA BizTown!
The Donald O. Schnuck JA BizTown is a mini-city in which kids discover how the "real world" works. Each day, about 100 fifth or sixth graders become JA BizTown "citizens" where they work in one of 17 businesses, make financial decisions, pay taxes, and donate to charity. After four weeks of classroom lessons, students come to JA BizTown for the learning experience of their lives! Each citizen has a job for the day, gets paid twice, manages a checking account, shops, gets health check-ups, may be interviewed on TV and much more. The time spent at JA BizTown may be only one day, but the impact that this experiential learning provides will last a lifetime! Click on one of the links below for more information..
Teens rarely think about buying health insurance, child care, or evaluating investment choices. At A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, they do! JA Finance Park combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. Students in 7th-12th grades are introduced to personal finance and career exploration. They receive family and income scenarios, identify lifestyle goals, visit 13 businesses to learn about 21 budget categories, create a budget, make purchasing decisions, and pay for their expenses. In the tablet-based program, students assume a persona of a provider for a family and must accommodate the needs of the family without overspending. Educators assist student learning by preparing students before the visit day and debriefing the experience after the visit day. Volunteers guide the students through the simulation. Click on one of the links below to learn more.
Junior Achievement's Summer Camp programs are a great way to continue JA participation after the school year. Campers visit our facility in Chesterfield for a week-long experience exploring ideas related to work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.