JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular learning experience allows elementary school students to visit BizTown, where they become Citizens in a simulated town. They will have the opportunity to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for the mayor. Students can connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
JA BizTown is recommended for grades 4–6. The learning experience is a JA Capstone program and is available for classroom-based, self-guided, or remote classroom implementation. It includes 12 teacher-led sessions before the visit to BizTown and one session following the simulation, with a 4–5 hour visit to a hands-on simulated community or a virtual simulation.
Citizens learn about bank services and practices. Citizens begin to understand the basics of deposits, checks, electronic banking, and bank cards.
Citizens are introduced to the circular flow of money and goods in an economy and discuss the impact of taxes and philanthropy.
Citizens learn how their interests and skills will one day lead to future careers.
Citizens work in business teams and prepare for the JA BizTown visit.
Citizens run their businesses, receive paychecks, make bank transactions, and go shopping.