JA BizTown Training

JA BizTown is a 10,000 square foot kid-sized city within our Maplewood headquarters. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated free market facility. Volunteers help students manage their assigned JA BizTown shop and advise them in making important business and personal finance decisions. Watch a video of JA BizTown in action, or take a virtual tour.

JA BizTown is located at:

1800 White Bear Ave N
Maplewood, MN 55109 (directions)
Please enter through Door B on the southwest side of the building.

Your volunteer training is a 4-step process. Please complete all the steps to prepare for your volunteer day.

Complete the Volunteer Registration Form- Please note school name and date where asked.

- Make sure to electronically sign and date the Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy.
Review the JA BizTown Volunteer ManualFlash player is needed to view. Download PDF here.

This is the general volunteer manual. Each JA BizTown shop has a manual specific to that business.
Watch the five Volunteer Training Videos.1. Overview of the day
2. How the day works
3. Rotation schedule and itinerary
4. Financial activities
5. Tips for working with students
Attend the mandatory onsite volunteer trainingOn the day of your volunteer experience, arrive at our JA BizTown facility at your assigned time (usually one hour before students arrive).

- Parent volunteers will be given arrival information from the teacher.
- Corporate volunteers will receive information from their company's contact person.

Still have questions? See if we’ve answered it in our Volunteer FAQs. Direct any additional questions to Wendy Patzlaff, Senior Capstone Manager, at 651-255-0455 or wendy@jaum.org.

Do you think your child or student would enjoy the JA BizTown experience? Check out JA Summer Camps for another way to experience this unique learning opportunity.