It’s difficult for young students to understand how an economy works when they don’t actively participate in it. Children rarely have opportunities to experience real-life economic, workplace and personal finance challenges and benefit from the learning those challenges provide.
JA BizTown is a 10,000 square-foot, life-like city designed to reflect the importance of workplace performance and financial decisions in an authentic economy. After a few weeks of in-classroom coursework, fourth- through sixth-grade students are selected for a job and spend a day at the JA facility to experience what a typical day in the life of an adult may be like. The fun, immersive atmosphere inspires teamwork, critical thinking, and decision-making skills for each student.
JA BizTown enables parent and community volunteers to guide students through their day in the simulated economy. A volunteer team of 15-20 people assists with every part of JA BizTown’s real-life scenarios.
After participating in an in-school curriculum taught by the teacher, students come to JA BizTown to become "adults" for one day through applied hands-on learning. As a volunteer at JA BizTown, you help guide students through the day, bringing your first-hand knowledge of the "real world" to enhance their experiences.
What to Expect
- -JA BizTown is a non-traditional, experiential learning environment. It can take time for kids (and teachers and volunteers) to adjust.
- -The JA curriculum is delivered within the design of the immersive experience. Volunteers ensure that each student has a great learning experience along the way.
DATES AVAILABLE: 11/1/16, 11/4/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 12/20/16
- Financial Literacy
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- Approximately 5 hours