A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park

A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park offers middle and high school students (grades 7th-12th) personal financial management and career exploration through classroom instruction and active participation in a paperless, tablet-based simulated community.  Students are excited to learn about the challenges of making adult decisions, such as how to pay bills and manage their money for a family. The JA Finance Park program curriculum is composed of 13 required teacher-taught lessons that are easy to use, with minimal preparation time.  

High school students taking a personal finance class are welcome to participate in the A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park simulation as a stand-alone, one-day experience (no curriculum required). All other students should complete the 12 required teacher-taught lessons, before participating in the on-site simulation experience and 1 debrief lesson following the simulation.
The curriculum culminates in a hands-on tablet based (paperless) budgeting simulation that is implemented at our A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park facility, with the assistance of volunteers, who will also receive training for their roles with the students at JA Finance Park.  The simulation is approximately 4½ hours long.
  • Teachers complete online training to teach the 13- 45 minute lessons curriculum. The curriculum incorporates interdisciplinary lessons which utilize the application of math, communication arts, and social studies skills to economic concepts and scenarios.
  • Students recognize the role of financial institutions and the various services they provide. Through case study, games, graphing, and other group activities, students understand the advantages of saving, investing, and using credit wisely.
  • Students explore saving and compare investments as a part of their overall financial planning. They also examine risk and how insurance may help protect savings.
  • Students compare financial institutions and their services. Through discussion and a game activity they also weigh the advantages and disadvantages of debit and credit. Lastly, students examine the role of credit scores and credit reporting have on personal finances.
  • Students discover the importance of spending money wisely and recognize planning and budgeting as valuable tools. They create personal budgets based on saving and lifestyle goals and day-to-day situations.
  • Students experience the JA Finance Park simulation, where they apply classroom learning by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation. Students recognize the impact of credit history on budget planning and purchasing options.