A San Diego town run by 10-year-olds?

Posted at 7:22 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 12:37:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - There's a place in San Diego where all the doctors, bankers, and dentists are all still in elementary school, and thousands of local students could soon be working there, learning lessons that pay off big time.

It's a little city filled with managers too young to even vote, and it belongs to Junior Achievement of San Diego's BizTown.

In the city tucked inside its Allied Gardens headquarters, fifth graders run the airport, sell insurance, take care of animals, construct the town and keep everyone healthy.

At BizTown, students get a job, with some paying more than others. They get a paycheck, pay taxes, and then have to figure out how to manage their money.

Sound familiar? The idea is to get them thinking about personal finance and understand why their career choices are so important.

Fifth grader Adrian Castaneda is pretty much set on being a DJ. He lived out that dream at BizTown, feeling wiser in the process.

"Life is going to be fun, it's going to be hard, but always, if you do good, good will come to you. And that's what I learned from here," he said.

Thousands of students come to BizTown through local schools. Generally, it costs $21 per student. The organization is now accepting summer camp registration, which costs $255 a week, but scholarships are available.

The organization is also looking for volunteers.

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