JA BizTown City Hall Ribbon Cutting at Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana

October 25, 2022 | News & Events

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.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to be one of several Junior Achievement BizTown programs in the country to recieve funding from a national grantor, that will impact civics education through a new civics curriculum and storefront. The civics component of JA BizTown is so important for our students to learn. This teaches them at a young age the importance of being a well-informed, active citizen through activities that take place during their visit.”

Jennifer Helgeson, President of JA of Kentuckiana

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.