The programs have a real impact on students.
Mary Arnold of Japlin, Mo., has taught BizWorld to fifth-graders in an independent school for five years. "Each year when I teach BizWorld, I really see it open up an awareness of how economics play such an important role in our everyday lives. Before the classes, students only thought of economics as something they study in social studies, and not having anything to do with the food or the products they choose to buy," says Arnold.
The organization has even garnered the attention of American Express (AXP - Get Report), which presented BizWorld with a $25,000 grant. Google (GOOG) has offered free advertising for the company, and Merrill Lynch (MER) is a sponsor as well.
Business-minded kids are not just limited to quiet suburban streets. New York City-based nonprofit organization