JA Finance Park is a learning experience that teaches students financial literacy and money management skills in a student size town built just for them. Our partner educators (you!) deliver 14 lessons in the classroom before their students visit JA Finance Park. Teachers can choose from traditional lessons or implement a project based learning curriculum, both of which are correlated to Common Core standards and designed to be easily taught straight from the provided educator’s kit. We train all teachers on the curriculum and provide the teaching materials.
Once the students receive the curriculum in their classrooms, they attend an on-site simulation, where each student receives a life and job scenario and corresponding salary. Based on this information, they will calculate their Net Monthly Income and budget all expenses for themselves and their family. The simulation can accommodate up to 110 students on a single simulation day.
The cost is $20.00 per student, which covers all the curriculum, teaching materials, teacher training, volunteer training and simulation visit to JA Finance Park. There is no cost for teacher or volunteers to attend JA Finance Park. It’s important to note that it costs Junior Achievement significantly more to provide this important program, but thanks to the support of community partners, we are able to provide the reduced cost, in an effort to serve more students!