Dental check-ups and finding new parents for furry friends are now a part of the JA BizTown experience for thousands of fifth graders in San Diego
“We are thrilled to have San Diego Humane Society and The Super Dentists on board. They share our passion to inspire every child to dream for a bigger and brighter future by teaching our children real world lessons about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills,” said Joanne Pastula, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County.
Prior to attending JA BizTown, students are exposed to four weeks of curriculum in the classroom on how to be a citizen, how a city’s economy works, how to apply for a job and how to run a successful business. They then put their knowledge into practice by visiting JA BizTown, located at the Capdevilla Gillespie Center for Junior Achievement in San Diego. Each student works a job at one of 21 life-sized San Diego businesses. The students also earn paychecks, open bank accounts, pay taxes, vote, and much more.
San Diego Humane Society
Finding new loving homes for furry friends, keeping animals healthy and recruiting new pet owners are just a few of the “career perks” at the new San Diego Humane Society shop in JA BizTown. The students wear many hats, including veterinarian, adoption counselor, and educator. They will make sure that the animals are healthy; cages are clean; and provide educational tours to 150 JA BizTown citizens each day at the new shop.
“We have the opportunity to reach thousands of students, maybe some who have no experience with animals, and teach them the importance of treating animals as valued members of our families while preventing cruelty and neglect in our San Diego community for years to come,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society.
The Super Dentists
The Super Dentists shop will be armed with a team of students. They will serve as “cavity fighters” in the roles of a super pediatric dentist, super orthodontist, activity coordinator, super kid and CEO/CFO. Some of the important job responsibilities include free “dental checkups” and watching a helpful video that teaches how to properly brush one’s teeth.
“When we are able to introduce young people to free market economics, engage them in hands-on, relevant ways, and positively impact their values and attitudes, we are contributing to making not only San Diego, but our nation, a better place,” said Dr. Kami Hoss, CEO of The Super Dentists. “We look forward to many years of inspiring tomorrow’s entrepreneur right here in our own backyard.”
The Need for JA
April is national Financial Literacy Month. This comes at a time when California received a failing grade in teaching students about financial literacy. According to Center for Financial Literacy, a Vermont-based nonprofit, California is one of 11 states that have few requirements or none at all, for personal finance education in high school. To get to receive an “A”, states must require either a standalone personal finance course or require that personal finance topics be taught as part of another mandatory course. States that received an “A” were Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
Providing young people with real-world learning experiences can be key to improving U.S. high school graduation rates. Currently, one in five students do not graduate with their class on time.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.299.7012 or [email protected].
About San Diego Humane Society
Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.
About The Super Dentists
The Super Dentists are San Diego’s largest and most trusted Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontic office. They create the most unique and out-of-this-world dental experience for children and their parents. They’re the only office in the world where kids ask (many times, beg) their parents to take them to the dentist; imagine that! Highly trained and skilled, The Super Dentists take advantage of the latest in preventative and restorative treatments, and are Invisalign and AccelaDent accelerated orthodontics specialists. They accept most insurance, including Medi-Cal, and are available on the weekend and in case of emergency. With locations throughout San Diego (Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, East Lake and Oceanside), and growing, the practice gives back to its communities whenever possible, including an in-classroom dental education program – currently in 800 schools, reaching more than 30,000 kids – hosting free quarterly events, and complimentary dental care to those in need. For an appointment, please call (760), (858) or (619) DENTIST (336-8478). And for more information, please visit TheSuperDentists.com.
About Junior Achievement of San Diego County
Junior Achievement of San Diego works locally to impact 53,000 students in K-12 classrooms each year. Junior Achievement’s volunteer-based programs teach kids how to get a job, start a business and how money works. For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, please visit jasandiego.org.