Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JACMD) announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program to support the JA BizTown® facility, a site-based entrepreneurship learning opportunity for local students. Sam’s Club Giving Program presented the grant in support of its nationwide focus on small business which includes igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in today’s youth. The grant is one of three given nationwide.

Students attend the day-long JA BizTown experience after completing 22 classroom lessons. At the fully-interactive, simulated town facility, students connect what they learn in school with situations found in the real world. Sam’s Club will be one of the new shops in JA BizTown, in which students will work to distribute products and supplies to other businesses. The shop will open with this year’s first JA BizTown school visit on Oct. 23.

The grants supporting JA BizTown facilities are part of a larger collaboration with the Sam’s Club Giving Program. In addition, the grant will deliver JA’s entrepreneurship curriculum in classrooms to an expected 10,560 students nationwide over two years. Sam’s Club Associates are also provided the opportunity to serve as JA volunteers in area classrooms.

“Knowledge of the free enterprise system, its benefits to citizens and its relationship to job creation is important for our young people,” commented Jennifer Bodensiek, JACMD president and CEO. “With the help of partners like the Sam’s Club Giving Program, we can expand our reach with our life-changing programs.”