JA BizTown and JA Finance Park | Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®

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JA BizTown

 JA BizTown® and  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 and work readiness of our future business leaders and employees, Junior Achievement has created an exciting reality-based learning environment for 5th grade, middle and high school students.
 
JA BizTown®serves 5th grade classrooms with a series of in-class lessons that culminate in a visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. In the classroom, students learn important concepts in financial literacy, community economics, work readiness and business management.
 
 
JA Finance Park®provides a practical hands-on personal budgeting simulation for middle and high school students. The classroom curriculum is complemented by a visit to the Park where students will immerse themselves in a reality-based decision-making process addressing aspects of individual and family budgeting including housing, transportation, food, utilities, healthcare, investments, philanthropy, and banking.
 

Program Goals

The goals of  JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® are to: 
  • Leran the relationship betweeen businesses and consumers
  • Help students develop basic economic concepts
  • Develop a basci understanding of checking and savings accounts
  • Introduce students to unique employment opportunities
  • Help students to research adn 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 BizTown® and  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. 
 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to mentor small groups of students throughout their day at JA BizTown® and  JA Finance Park®.  No special budgeting expertise or preparation is necessary and thorough training is provided for all volunteers! View our sponsorship opportunities.
 

Need More Information?

To learn more, please contact us.
2420 Spurr Road • Lexington, KY 40511
 
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Watch How JA BizTown® Works

Thanks to Veterans Park Elementary for allowing Junior Achievement to film their day at JA BizTown®

 

Watch How JA Finance Parks® Works

  • "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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