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Forge Futures for Kansas City young people at JA BizTown and the JAKC Youth Learning Lab!


Forging Futures for KC Young People

JAKC Youth Learning Lab Campaign

The JAKC Youth Learning Lab is the next step in bringing innovative, experiential learning to Kansas City children. The new building will give kids room to think up big ideas, explore careers they have only dreamed of, and practice crucial life-skills outside of the classroom.

Located in the Northwood Shopping Center near 47th Avenue and Mission Road, the new space will house JA BizTown presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, a nearly 14,000 sq.ft. mini-city, and the feature program in the JAKC Youth Learning Lab presented by the Mallouk Family Foundation. JA BizTown will give students in grades 4–6 the chance to practice real-world responsibilities like earning a paycheck, voting in elections, and engaging in a thriving community. The space will also include JA Innovation Lab to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and JA Career Center to help young people grades 6–9 understand the many paths their future could take and answer the question, "What can I become?"

Other highlights include an architecturally-striking student entrance on the North side of the building, a naturally-lit group gathering and lunch space, and a new permanent home for the JA Business Hall of Fame. The new Hall of Fame will honor the accomplishments of Kansas City business leaders past, present, and future. The administrative side of the building will be home to JAKC staff offices featuring an open-concept design, as well as collaborative community meeting spaces. Read INKansasCity Magazine's story about the space HERE.

YOU can inspire tomorrows with your generosity and voice during the JAKC Youth Learning Lab Campaign. With your help, the JA BizTown will begin hosting empowering mentor-driven student programs in 2021. The campaign is in full swing and your support is critical to ensuring kids walk through JAKC Youth Learning Lab doors.

There are many ways to make your mark on the campaign. Whether through individual donations, company sponsorship, or contributions of in-kind services, YOU can be part of the wave that lifts this project to success! The power of your voice and your time is also welcome as buzz about the campaign builds in the community.

Make a gift today and inspire tomorrows for Kansas City students! 

Questions? Have an idea? Want to learn more?

JAKC President & CEO Megan Sturges Stanfield wants to connect with you! Reach out to her at or 816-561-3558 x12 to discuss how you can make your mark on the campaign and the futures of JA kids! 


JAKC Youth Learning Lab Sponsors - THANK YOU!

| The Sunderaland Foundation | CommunityAmerica Credit Union | The Mallouk Family Foundation | The Hall Family Foundation | Children’s Mercy Kansas City | Price Chopper | Capitol Federal® | Evergy | Barkley | Ann & Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation | Hallmark Cards, Inc. | Honeywell | JE Dunn Construction | Kansas City PBS | R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust and Foundation | Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas | Cloud L. Cray Foundation | Scott & Sarah Ferguson | Jeffrey J. Greig | Neal & Angela Sharma and Family | Jasvindarjit Singh & Amarjeet Kaur and Family | Commerce Bancshares Foundation | Jeff & Janet Eden and Family | David Fowler | Kathryn L. Rhodes |

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