Junior Achievement Campaign to build the future
Campaign to Build the Future
through JA BizTown®
Enhancing Junior Achievement's already impressive impact on students in this region, bringing JA BizTown to the Pittsburgh region will allow fifth grade students from Western Pennsylvania to apply JA classroom curricula and principles of earning, saving, and managing finances. To benefit the future of Pennsylvania, JA BizTown programming will reflect this region's present and future workforce needs and economic realities. Most importantly, these unique career and personal finance simulations will allow students to gain insights with real, rather than theoretical, experiences and active, rather than passive, learning.
Junior Achievement will construct a 40,000 square-foot JA Education Center, comprised of JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, in a to-be-determined accessible location in the Pittsburgh region.
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JA BizTown, an experiential learning laboratory for elementary and middle school students, combines 40 hours of in-class learning with a day-long visit to a mock town. JA BizTown simulates the day-to-day functions of a thriving community, helping student correlate what they've learned in the classroom to "real life."
Students start by studying basic principles like how to write a check, make deposits, and maintain customers.
JA operates JA BizTown facilities complete with "enterprises" like a bank, medical clinic, retail stores, restaurants, a factory, a post office, a town hall, and more. Whether students aspire to be a bank president, nurse, a business owner, or a tradesman, they can assume that role for a day at JA BizTown, impacting their future for a lifetime. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts and career paths are also included.
Most importantly, JA BizTown students learn how a community is maintained and the importance of each job and function.
91.7% of teachers agreed that after their JA BizTown experience, students are more likely to continue their education and choose a career based on their interests and abilities.
95.8% of teachers responded felt the JA BizTown curriculum helped them meet curricular objectives and state standards.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."