Junior Achievement Biztown
WHAT IS J.A. BIZTOWN?
J.A. Biztown is currently implemented at two Yuma area schools: O.C. Johnson Elementary and G.W. Carver Elementary School.
Students first take part in a series of classroom lessons where they learn about working in and being consumers in today’s world. They work together to create business plans, calculate operating costs, design a marketing campaign, apply for jobs, vote for city officials, and explore careers. Then, they put their skills to work by becoming employees for a day at J.A. Biztown in Tempe, AZ - the on-site learning facility features more than 40 different businesses and industries.
During their time at JA BizTown, students operate a simulated economy and take on the challenge of running businesses. They get hands-on experience as both employees and consumers, paying rent, taxes and utilities, buying advertising from the radio station, conducting TV interviews, purchasing insurance, depositing paychecks and buying other business’ products, handling customer service, and more.
Assisted by volunteer mentors, the students must make the hard and practical decisions to see their businesses thrive and succeed in their role, just like the real world.
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