JA BizTown

Our new, state-of-the-art facility in St. Paul has two experiential learning labs, allowing us to double the number of students participating in JA BizTown. Be sure to confirm your lab assignment. Tour each lab below:

JA BizTown is a 12,000 square foot simulated city located at our new state-of-the-art facility in St. Paul. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this experiential learning lab where students become adults for a day. By working in one of 18 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a debit card and checking account, and work as a team. Volunteers are paired with small groups of students to help them make important business and personal finance decisions in their assigned JA BizTown shop. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated economy, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the “real world.”

Our experience at JA Biztown provided a virtual experience that helps students explore their passions and purpose. Students are engaged in learning that is collaborative with their peers and it allows them to reflect on their strengths and to see how they can contribute to this amazing world.” – Ken Essay, Dakota Meadows Middle School

JA BizTown was first introduced to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market on October 16, 2001. Only 25 markets in the world provide this incredible opportunity for students to experience a real-world, hands-on application of their classroom learning. To keep our lessons relevant, we’ve added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers to JA BizTown.

Read how JA BizTown correlates with Minnesota Academic Standards.

Your child can also experience JA BizTown through our summer camp program. JA BizTown Summer Camps teach kids about STEM careers and entrepreneurship in a fun, interactive environment.

For more information, contact Jennifer Baldwin at 651-255-0037 or jennifer@janorth.org.

See JA BizTown in action:

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JA BizTown Volunteer Training
JA BizTown Teachers