JA BizTown and JA Finance Park | Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis

CAPSTONE learning experiences
JA BizTown® AND JA FINANCE PARK®

NEW, Virtual JA BizTown Adventures & Virtual JA Finance Park

Innovative | Bold | Relevant

JA BizTown and JA Finance Park is all that, and more. These financial literacy laboratories exist to inspire and prepare youth to succeed. There is no question about it: Financial literacy and sound money management skills are essential to success. Today more than ever, young adults need a strong foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions.
 
To improve the financial literacy of our future business leaders and employees, Junior Achievement has created two exciting reality-based learning environment: JA BizTown for students in 4th-6th grade and JA Finance Park for middle and high school students.  The Capstone programs provide a hands-on curriculum followed by an on-site or virtual simulation.

JA BizTown

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 fourth - sixth graders become JA BizTown "citizens" where they work in one of 17 businesses, make financial decisions, pay taxes, and donate to charity. After twelve 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, opens a savings account, shops, may get fitness check-ups or 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! 
 
Via in-classroom or remote learning, the JA BizTown curriculum provides educators with lessons and resources to effectively integrate financial literacy and work and career readiness into the classroom.
 
Click on one of the links below for more information.

 




JA BizTown Adventures: NEW Virtual Program (Pilot Release)

JA BizTown Adventures is a fully online, self-guided learning experience for students that follows the JA BizTown curriculum.  Fourth–sixth grade students gain an understanding of various aspects of running a business as they take on the roles of chief executive officer, chief financial officer, marketing director, sales manager, and consumer via five online, self-guided adventures.
 
Using a branching, story-driven treatment, each adventure provides students an opportunity to practice problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and analytical thinking, as well as weigh saving and spending choices, consider risk management and insurance strategies, and make personal and business-related financial decisions. 
 
JA BizTown Adventures provides a meaningful learning opportunity that does not replace nor take away from the traditional in-person simulation. The adventures support the JA BizTown curriculum and enhance student learning.  They can be used as an alternative simulation experience when or if students are unable to visit an onsite location.  In addition, the adventures may be explored before or after the on-site simulation, enhancing the overall learning experience. Click here to see what the New JA Biztown Adventures is like.

JA Finance Park

JA Finance Park
JA Finance Park gives 7th - 12th grade students the rare opportunity to experience their personal financial futures first-hand. Upon entering the center, students receive family and income scenarios and identify lifestyle goals.  They also explore and learn about different budget categories, create a budget, make purchasing decisions, and pay for their expenses. In this tablet-based program, students assume a persona of a provider for a family and must accommodate the needs of the family without overspending. 
 

JA STEM 360° presented by Bayer is a new addition to Junior Achievement that was created and designed in St. Louis. The objective is for students to understand that STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and math) are necessary for most jobs. Middle and high school students engage in an interactive simulation that shows how STEM careers play an important role in getting pizza from "Farm to Front Door." Students learn there are over 15,000 jobs involved and they get to explore parts of the supply chain which includes farming, logistics, marketing/sales, restaurant, kitchen, and  delivery. Modern technology, friendly competition and education on STEM careers collide in this unique, high-tech experience. 


Bringing Education to Life by way of in-classroom or remote learning, the experience begins with JA-provided curriculum that culminates with a day at JA Finance Park. The center is designed as an interactive marketplace representative of the local business community, including financial services,education, insurance, entertainment, communications, utilities, and more.  

 
Watch How a JA Finance Park Works!


 

 

 

 

JA Finance Park Virtual

 
Personal Financial Planning.  Career Exploration.  JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.
 
The program comprises several teacher-led, in-class or virtual lessons and a variety of optional, extension activities.  In addition, there is a student self- guided and blended model offered.  Options are available to use either the entry level or advanced curriculum, based on grade level and students' prior knowledge. The experience culminates in a hands-on, online budgeting simulation. Now, everyone can access their own financial adventure. 


The JA Finance Park Virtual simulation has been fully redeveloped, with a brand-new experience that offers two implementation options: Entry Level (geared toward middle school) and Advanced Level (geared toward high school).  This fully immersive experience is designed to engage students as they delve deeper into the financial consequences of life choices and decisions impacting their long-term goals.

 

For more information, please contact:

JA BizTown or JA Finance Park: Email Joy Germeroth  or call (636) 728-0707 ext 237
Volunteering: Email Shelley Johnson or call (636) 728.0707 ext 233

Summer Camps

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. 

Donald O. Schnuck JA BizTown Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors in the Donald O. Schnuck JA BizTown who provide our youth with a real-world experience in economics, personal finance, and business management.  Because of their generosity, Junior Achievement is able to provide this experiential education to schools at a reasonable price. Learn more about how you can Become a JA BizTown Sponsor

        

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

JA Finance Park Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors in JA Finance Park who provide financial support to increase the personal financial literacy of our youth.  Because of their generosity, Junior Achievement is able to provide this experiential education to schools at a reasonable price. Learn more about how you can Become a Sponsor of JA Finance Park

 
 
 
  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

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  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
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