Spencer F. Eccles Junior Achievement City (JA City) will host nearly 15,000 fifth and eighth grade students from schools throughout Utah during the 2016-2017 school year. JA City is located in Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, in downtown Salt Lake City, and is home to over 20 storefronts sponsored by local businesses. Students bring this 10,000 square foot learning facility to life as they operate banks, manage restaurants, vote for JA City Mayor, develop working budgets and manage their business and personal finances. JA City programs promote 21st century skills including critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and communication.
JA Biz Town – 5th Grade Program
The JA City 5th grade program (JA BizTown) combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated learning facility. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities and active participation in running the city, students learn to connect the dots between what they are learning in school and what they will need to know in their life beyond graduation. During their day at JA BizTown, students work as employees in various businesses facilitated by volunteer educators and business professionals. They are paid for their labor and they manage personal and business checking accounts. Throughout the day students also learn first-hand about time and money management as they work, bank and shop as consumers. The JA BizTown experience helps students develop competitive skills and confidence.
Finance Park – 8th Grade Program
JA Finance Park is a four-week economics education program that introduces personal financial planning and career exploration. It is designed to be taught to middle grade students by their classroom teacher. At the culmination of the program, students visit JA Finance Park and put into practice what they’ve learned about economic options and the principles of budgeting. Assisted by their teachers and staff of trained volunteers, they have the opportunity to actually develop and commit to a personal budget. This program helps these students think creatively, analyze tasks and solve problems and also encourages students to develop and demonstrate personal responsibility for learning and self-management.