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BizTown

Louisiana SPCA Animal Shelter sponsored by the James P. Raymond Charitable Foundation

 

The BizTown program uses hands-on experience to help elementary students in the 5th and 6th grades understand the economics of life and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. For four weeks, children in the classroom participate in Junior Achievement curriculum studies centered on the relationship between the community and the economy, financial literacy, work readiness, career exploration and business management. After a minimum of 18 classroom lessons, students travel to BizTown to spend a day practicing their newly-learned classroom skills to successfully participate in the business of “life.” JA BizTown gives students an opportunity to explore the world of work and entrepreneurship while enhancing their personal economic literacy.

The LA/SPCA Animal Shelter at BizTown is also one of the places students can work, and they focus specifically on adoptions and fundraising. Potential adopters must fill out an application and learn about their responsibilities as pet owners. Teaching children early on how to be responsible pet owners, including spay/neutering benefits, has the potential to cut down on the number of strays entering the shelter.

Over 3,000 students participate in BizTown a year and 72% qualified for the Free and Reduced Priced Meals (FARM) program. Many other organizations and corporations take part and sponsor the individual businesses at BizTown including: Capital One Bank, Sam’s Club, Entergy New Orleans, Peoples Health, The New Orleans Advocate, and The Blood Center. Additional BizTown support is provided by Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Superior Energy Services, Tidewater, Whitney Bank, The Blood Center, and the Junior League.

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