This past month, we had the pleasure of meeting one of our JA BizTown Alumni at her summer internship at Brown-Forman. Ms. Alivia Posey-Thompson, a University of Louisville student, shared with us her JA BizTown experience.
“As a college student, I can’t believe that I remember being a JA BizTown employee like it was yesterday. It was one of my absolute favorite experiences and school field trips as a Lowe Elementary student. I look back and think of the difference that Junior Achievement made in my own life at a young age. I remember that I was an employee of TV Technology and I had to go to the bank to cash my check. Once I cashed my check, I had to decide on what I needed to purchase versus what I wanted to purchase and decided that I needed food. I also remember that if I stepped on the grass or ran through BizTown that an officer would stop me for breaking the BizTown law and I would be fined.”
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a daylong visit to a simulated town where elementary school students operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. This JA program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world through our three pillars: entrepreneurship, financial-literacy, and work-readiness.
Now, Ms. Alivia Posey-Thompson is happy to be able to pay it forward for other children to have the opportunity to experience JA and can now add JA BizTown philanthropist to her resume.
We always enjoy hearing from our alumni, do you have a story you would like to share with us? Please contact Jillian Cantu at firstname.lastname@example.org.