Students learn valuable skills at JA BizTown Summer Camp

This year’s Miller Middle School JA BizTown Summer Camp participants were (from left to right) Jesua Mendoza, Edgar Meraz, & Arianna Villagomez.

A group of Miller Middle School students learned about business and budgeting, along with other other lifelong skills, at this year’s Junior Achievement of Central Iowa JA BizTown Summer Camp in Des Moines.

The four-day camp provided students with the opportunity to learn about how various businesses operate through in-class and simulated experiences. During in-class sessions, students learned how to earn and spend money within a budget, practiced job-hunting skills, and pitched ideas in “Shark Tank” fashion. 

During the JA BizTown simulation, students took on the adult role of making financial decisions in a simulated community as the various businesses interacted with each other for the benefit of the community. The 2022 JA Summer Camp emphasized the power of partnership and allowed students to develop and practice lifelong business and financial skills.  

Junior Achievement is one of the Marshalltown Community School District’s initiatives, and its mission is to empower Central Iowa youth with an entrepreneurial mindset, financial capability and foundation for career success so students can create a bright and fulfilling future.