Junior Achievement of Central Maryland will unveil its newly renovated Owings Mills facility Thursday morning as 65 5th graders take part in the educational non-profit’s activities.
The Owings Mills-based program recently received a $13,757 donation from IKEA to cover the cost of new furniture and labor for a makeover of the 10,000 square foot mini-city that includes retail stores, financial institutions, a newspaper office and radio station.
The grand opening of the new JA BizTown coincides with a visit from 65 5th grade students from Severna Park Elementary, who will spend the morning voting, running companies and conducting bank business.
Junior Achievement is an in-school and after-school program for students K-12 that focuses on workplace preparedness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The program is taught in 80 schools in central Maryland, where students get in-class instruction before visiting the JA BizTown. This school year, the organization will serve 6,000 students.