JA Bluegrass Finance Park | Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

JA Finance Park®

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JA Finance Park
JA Finance Park is all that, and more. These financial literacy laboratories exist to inspire and prepare youth to succeed. There is no question about it: Financial literacy and sound money management skills are essential to success. Today more than ever, young adults need a strong foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions.
To improve the financial literacy of our future business leaders and employees, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass has created an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.
JA Finance Park allows middle and high-school grade students to see, touch, and live the experience of personal finance in a real-life setting of stores, shops, and financial institutions, by basically becoming "an adult for the day."

Program Goals

The goals of JA Finance Park are to: 
  • Teach students to develop and follow a monthly budget
  • Help students to research and understand the actual "costs of living" for the basic necessities of life
  • Encourage students to develop and demonstrate personal responsibility for learning and self-management
  • Communicate and work with schools to promote the highest level of student achievement
  • Challenge students to think critically, creatively, analyze tasks, and solve problems
At JA Finance Park, students are given a unique life profile after answering a series of future life-style questions. Their life profile includes an income, marital status, even kids! Using this new adult persona, students work to create a balanced monthly budget while making decisions regarding housing, transportation, insurance, savings, entertainment expenses and much more. 
How You Can Participate
Volunteers are needed to mentor small groups of students throughout their day at JA Finance Park.
No special budgeting expertise or preparation is necessary and thorough training is provided for all volunteers! 

Need More Information?

To learn more, please email Callie Miracle or call 859-219-2423.
Learn more about our service area and our vision by downloading the document below:

Watch How a JA Finance Park Works!


Early Supporters

gary and sheila bellow
Charles T. Chreech Inc.
chick-fil-a of central kentucky
commercial property association of Lexington
elliot electrical utility
forcht bank
iHeartMedia Inc
keene ridge farm
kentuckyone health
ky cpa
herald ledger
marksbury family foundation
scanlon family center
andy shea lexington legends
toyota motors kentucky
university of kentucky
UK healthcare


  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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