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JA BizTown


JA BizTown is a program designed specifically for grade five (5) students. It is an integrated approach to learning core subject areas such as Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies taught at this grade level, using practical approaches and applying everyday activities to the learning experience. It exposes students to work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship as they relate to the real world and provides them with a simulated experience of how the economy works, possible career options they can pursue, prepares them to be more functional citizens in the country and to become better able to thrive and compete in a global economy.

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town.  Built as a mini-city, the town comprises several real-life Jamaican private sector businesses, where students undertake various functions similar to professionals employed in these organizations. In this environment, students are better able to understand the importance of working and earning a living in a replicated economy, and are taught valuable lessons about entrepreneurship and money management. At the end of the experience students leave understanding the relationship between what they learn in school and their participation in a local economy.

Some Program concepts taught include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Goods and services
  • Economic concepts
  • Producers and consumers
  • Scarcity
  • Supply and demand
  • Money management skills
  • Opportunity costs
  • Taxes
  • Workforce skills
  • Financial institutions and banking concepts
  • Writing a resume
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Applying for jobs
  • Free enterprise

Features of JA BizTown

  • Aligned with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEY&I) National Standards Curriculum.
  • Prepare students for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in Mathematics, Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Pre-prepared Lessons
  • Parental Involvement
  • Resources available for teachers and students
  • STEM-based jobs in many of the JA BizTown facility
  • Designed to support differentiated learning styles and abilities
  • Fun and student-centered classroom activities

JA BizTown visit: Business Simulation

  • Up to 120 students visit per day
  • Open Mondays-Fridays
  • $600 per student
  • 12 simulated businesses
  • Volunteer receive training (provided by JA) that will prepare them for the experience
  • Students will work in a mock economy based on the jobs they have been assigned. Some tasks include:
    • Taking on the roles of entrepreneurs, business executives, managers, specialist in various businesses that leased stores
    • Conduct financial transactions (open savings account and deposit paycheques)
    • Experience the interaction of production and consumption
  • Students vote in elections and obey the laws of the town

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