The JA BizTown program provides students with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are used in the real world. By participating in JA BizTown, young students experience the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in a free enterprise system.
Designed for students in 4th through 6th grades, the JA BizTown program is presented in four progressive stages:
1) Teachers, parents and adult volunteers attend on-site training workshops.
2) Students complete a four-week classroom curriculum on economics, in which they choose jobs, develop business plans, and discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities.
3) During the day-long JA BizTown simulation, students take on the roles of citizens, business owners, employees, and consumers.
4) Students return to school and complete a follow-up classroom curriculum.
In the JA BizTown facility, students operate many businesses, including retail stores, manufacturing shops, media outlets, a utility service, a restaurant, a bank, and City Hall. All businesses are outfitted with modern office equipment and business supplies. Students learn first-hand what it takes to create a business, as well as personally earn and manage money.
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