JA BizTown®


JA BizTown gives students in fifth and sixth grade the opportunity to run a bank, manage a cafe, read utility meters, use debit cards, and even vote.  Classroom materials have been created with teacher input and are provided by Junior Achievement, along with teacher training.

Curriculum 

The JA BizTown curriculum aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by introducing basic business and economic concepts. Prior to attending, students will progress through 12 required teacher-taught classroom lessons covering the following concepts:

Bank services and practices Role of government in an economy The role in a free market economy Good and services Taxes and payroll
Rights and responsibilities of citizenship Applying for a job Understanding price, profits and production Exploring different careers (including STEM) Philanthropy

 

Attending JA BizTown

After completing the coursework, students will travel to the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center to participate in the day-long JA BizTown simulation. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to participate in the following real-world, experiential activities:

Managing a business

Taking out a loan

Using a debit card

Earning a paycheck

Opening a savings account

Paying taxes

Buying goods, services, and health insurance

Voting

Problem Solving

Philanthropy/charity support or corporate social responsibility

Utilizing STEM skills

Working as a team

Goal setting

Complete a career assessment

 


After the visit, students will participate in a final debriefing lesson where they reflect on their experience and further identify the relevance of classroom learning to their future goals.

Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Achievement of Dallas relies on local volunteers to help make our programs successful.  By guiding fifth and sixth graders through the simulation, volunteers empower students to gain new insights and make the most out of this unique experience  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@jadallas.org.

Partnerships

To help bring JA BizTown to life, we are partnering with several businesses and community groups. Current partnerships include American Airlines, AT&T, Atmos, Wells Fargo, SMU, Toyota, and the cities of Garland Rowlett and Sachse just to name a few. If your company, nonprofit, or government entity is interested in partnering with the program, please contact info@jadallas.org.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the JA BizTown program, please contact jabiztown@jadallas.org.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA-Capstone Middle School
Program Concepts Program Skills

Program Sessions