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JA BizTown - Central Ohio

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After learning about money, businesses, and jobs at school, 5th graders enjoy a day-long visit to JA BizTown, where they experience being an adult for the day. Volunteers guide students as they operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor, helping students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

Program Goals

The goals of JA BizTown are to enable students to understand: 
  • The roles they play as citizens, workers, and consumers in their community and relate those roles to the free enterprise system
  • The importance of citizen rights and responsibilities in a community
  • Basics of the free enterprise system
  • Money management skills and practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices
  • Basic business practices and responsibilities
  • Soft skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work.

How You Can Participate

Volunteers are needed to mentor small groups of students throughout their day at JA BizTown.  No special budgeting expertise or preparation is necessary and thorough training is provided for all volunteers!

JA BizTown in Action

In this video, you will learn all about JA BizTown, an experiential learning experience that teaches students about the real world. About JA BizTown: Fifth-grade students complete a four-week economics curriculum before visiting JA BizTown, where they make important decisions for their businesses and town, connecting classroom learning to the real world. The program is supported by corporate and community volunteers.


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