The JA BizTown program provides students with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are applied in the real world. By participating in JA BizTown, young students experience the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in a free enterprise system.
Designed for students in 4th through 6th grades, the JA BizTown program is presented in three progressive stages:
- Students complete a four-week classroom curriculum on economics, in which they choose jobs, develop business plans, and discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities.
- Students take on the roles of citizens, business owners, employees, and consumers during a day-long JA BizTown simulation.
- Students return to school and complete a follow-up classroom curriculum.
Teacher and voTeachers and volunteers receive training to help facilitate the JA BizTown program.
In the JA BizTown facility, students operate many businesses including retail stores, manufacturing shops, media outlets, a utility service, a restaurant, a bank, and City Hall. All businesses are outfitted with modern office equipment and business supplies. Students learn firsthand what it takes to create and run a business, as well as personally earn and manage money.