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Junior Achievement BizTown

  • APRIL 07, 2011
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This past month M+A Architects worked with RCO Limited (the Ohio franchisee for Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers) on the design for their BizTown "storefront" space at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, located at 68 East 2nd Avenue in the Short North area of Columbus, Ohio. Junior Achievement BizTown is a program that helps children learn how to run a business through the support of local companies.  Like M+A, Raising Cane's is committed to community service and helping children succeed through programs like Junior Achievement.

The Junior Achievement of Central Ohio website talks more about the BizTown program and how it works:

The Junior Achievement BizTown program provides

students with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are used in the real world. By participating in JA BizTown, young students experience the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in a free enterprise system.

Designed for students in 4th through 6th grades, the JA BizTown program is presented in four progressive stages:

1) Teachers, parents and adult volunteers attend on-site training workshops.

2) Students complete a four-week classroom curriculum on economics, in which they choose jobs, develop business plans, and discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities.

3) During the JA BizTown field trip, students participate in a day-long simulation taking on the roles of citizens in their community as business owners, employees, and consumers.

4) Students return to school and complete a follow-up classroom curriculum.

In the JA BizTown facility, students operate the bank, stores, radio station, restaurant, newspaper, and town hall. All businesses are outfitted with modern office equipment and business supplies. Students learn first-hand what it takes to create a business, as well as personally earn and manage money.

To learn more about JA BizTown, please call or e-mail Junior Achievement. (614) 704-2532 jabt@jacols.org

To learn more about JA BizTown Summer Camp, click here or contact Camp Co-Directors Jodi Shafley and Marianne Allmon at 614-704-2532 or jabt@jacols.org

Work on the space was lead by Kirk Paisley and included space planning and interior design, 3D visualization, casework detailing, and some construction of the physical space. Even Architects love to get dirty and paint from time-to-time!  Our involvement was a very rewarding experience and we look forward to helping the Junior Achievement of Central Ohio program in the future.

Some of the completed images of the space are shown below.

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