Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania
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JA BizTown has an extensive curriculum designed to prepare students for their simulation experience
and to cover a wide range of state educational requirements.
Teachers have the opportunity to take lesson plans and incorporate them into their own teaching style. Additional extended learning opportunities are available.
Students have 4 weeks (16 lessons) of classroom preparation prior to their JA BizTown visit, plus one lesson of follow-up activities to reinforce their experiences.
As part of classroom preparation, each shop's business team develops its own business plan, including payroll expenses, advertising, business supplies, rent taxes and utilities. Each business team also completes a business loan application, writes a radio and newspaper advertisement, names their shop and creates a business slogan.
JA BizTown® PA Academic Correlation Standards:
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Correlation Between Pennsylvania Academic Standards and JA BizTown®
“I don't think people realize how much of an impact these several hours can have on kids! The volunteer's presence, the connection to the community and its businesses, and the knowledge gained are entwined in setting kids up for future community involvement themselves.”
— Patty Barbour, teacher, Sara Lindemuth Primary School
“Students returned to the classroom eager to discuss the event and had a new purpose for high classroom performance.”
— Beverly Whiteford Science Department Chair Kennard-Dale High School
“JA helps with the relevancy of a student's education.”
— PA's Former Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq
“I was overwhelmed with the amount of information they retained and truly understood. This is all thanks to Dave. He challenged my gifted students and helped the students that needed that extra support.”
— Teacher in Central School District, Gwen Hubbs