JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®
Since its inception, Junior Achievement has been committed to "experiential learning". Taking it to the next level, Junior Achievement of Washington is proud of its Capstone learning centers, also known as "JA World", which involves two programs: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. These dramatic programs significantly transform how every local student is taught to view the world of work, free enterprise and their possibilities for success in it.
JA BizTown for 4th through 6th Grades
When students visit JA BizTown
, they enter the world of business. They get to see, touch, and experience free enterprise. JA BizTown
creates a learning environment in which students are given opportunities for real rather than imagined activities, active rather than passive learning, and actual decision making with positive and negative consequences. Adult volunteers have an important role in leading students through their day at JA BizTown
JA Finance Park for Middle and High School Students
When students visit JA Finance Park
, they enter the world of personal finance. Students study different financial decisions to be made, consider the options available, and construct a personal budget, all based on a personalized life scenario they are given. Volunteer adults, including both businesses' employees and parents, are actively involved with JA Finance Park
as they assist students to achieve at their highest level.
How Is This Different?
The rationale for this initiative can be supported by reams of research on the effectiveness of experiential learning and teaching entrepreneurship at an early age. The research shows that students who learn concepts and principles via experiential exercises demonstrate greater levels of engagement, reflection, and personal responsibility associated with the learning process than students who learn via traditional classroom instructional methods. A major difference between traditional modes of classroom instruction and experiential learning is that the experiential mode of learning helps students more effectively develop intrinsic motivation for learning.
Additionally, experiential teaching activities help students to characterize their learning as more relevant to the real world.
Who is served by JA BizTown and JA Finance Park?
- Nearly 25,000 students annually, in Washington and Northern Idaho
- Teachers from participating schools
- Parents of participating students
- Business people in Western and Central Washington
- Functionally designed meeting space enables the facility to be available for use by JA Capstone storefront partners
JA Capstone Program Partnerships & Sponsors
Junior Achievement of Washington offers a variety of opportunities for local and statewide organizations and businesses to partner with JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs. Feature your business in one of our mini-cities in Auburn or Yakima, or as a sponsor in the JA Finance Park mobile unit in Spokane. For more information email Megan Sharp, South Puget Sound Regional Director or call 253.236.3270.
Junior Achievement - Auburn "JA World"
Junior Achievement - Yakima "JA World"