JA BizTown Experience Inspires Student to Start His Own Business

Parents want to see their children succeed. An email from Chelsea Cote, development manager of Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, shares a parent's appreciation for her child's participation in two Junior Achievement programs.

The parent, Stephanie, writes, "I am so happy with the continued success of JA Biztown and JA Summer BizCamp. My son, Wesley, who is now 16, was a participant of JA BizTown when he was in fourth grade. He loved the experience so much that he begged us to attend the JA Summer BizCamp two years in a row."

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully-interactive, simulated town facility. The program helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the real world. Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas also offers a summer day camp at their JA Biztown facility. JA Summer BizCamp invites students to create their own businesses, invent new products and run their own simulated town for five days.

Stephanie continues, "I want to say 'thank you' to the supporters for helping to keep JA BizTown going. I also want to let you know that it?s working too. Wesley registered for his first business license in June 2011. He is the proud founder and owner of W72 Enterprises and Media Services, a media services cinematography and video development company that he owns and operates along with several other employees. He tapes sports events, parties and performances, creating montages and all other types of videos."JA BizTown and its summer component are not only a fun activity for youth. I believe it provides essential tools for students to become confident, capable leaders. Every child in the greater Charlotte area should have an opportunity to have the JA BizTown experience!"

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