BENEFITING: Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc.
Connecting the dots between what children learn in school and how it’s applied in the real world isn’t that simple. That’s why we created JA BizTown®, an engaging, hands-on program that introduces fourth, fifth and sixth graders to economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a student-sized town built just for them.
Starting with 14 hours of classroom instruction, students create a business plan, calculate operating costs, explore career options and design a marketing campaign. Then they put it to work at BizTown – two, 5,000-square-foot learning labs where they work for four and a half hours, pay rent and taxes, buy advertising from the radio station and newspaper, purchase health insurance, deposit paychecks and handle customer requests.
In partnership with more than 250 Arizona schools, this one-of-a-kind program helps more than 20,000 students each year learn the roles of workers and consumers, how an economy functions, careers, and what it’s like to be citizens for a day. All with the rights and responsibilities of an adult.