This year, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana received a $50,000 grant from the Marcus Foundation as part of a civics upgrade to JA BizTown. Specifically, this grant allowed for the remodel of JA BizTown City Hall at Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana and the ability to elevate civics in the classroom curriculum and simulation experience for local area fifth-grade students.
JA BizTown® begins with several weeks in the classroom filled with hands-on activities that give students actual experience completing the skills they’ll need to be active and productive citizens. Students are exposed to 15 JA BizTown® shops where they operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and even vote for mayor. The program culminates in a day-long visit to a fully-interactive simulated free market lab where students become adults for a day. With the funding provided through a national grant, JA has revamped its civics content within JA BizTown and improved the materials available to the students and educators.
A ribbon cutting will take place bringing local Louisville Metro Council Members, a representative from the Louisville Mayor’s Office, and Junior Achievement together on Thursday, October 13 at 12:45 pm at the James W. Robinson Junior Achievement Center for Freedom of Enterprise, 1401, W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203.