JA BizTown Training

JA BizTown is a 12,000 square foot simulated city located at our new state-of-the-art facility in St. Paul. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this experiential learning lab where students become adults for a day. By working in one of 18 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a debit card and checking account, and work as a team. Volunteers are paired with small groups of students to help them make important business and personal finance decisions in their assigned JA BizTown shop. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated economy, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the “real world.” Watch a video of JA BizTown in action, or take a virtual tour.

JA BizTown is located at:

1745 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55104 (directions)

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 ManualThis 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.