Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
What is JA Finance Park?
JA Finance Park gives high school students an opportunity to develop personal money-management skills, acquire personal finance knowledge, and prepare for the financial decisions and challenges of their adult lives.
JA Finance Park introduces students to personal finance and career exploration through classroom instruction culminating to a 4 hour, hands-on experience where students apply learned concepts in a real-life budgeting simulation. During this on-site experience, students assume randomly awarded family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making. Participating students use bank services, contribute to nonprofit organizations, budget for housing, transportation, furnishings, food, health care, and other expenses, make investment decisions, and work to be certain their budgets balance.
JA Finance Park students develop knowledge of economic and personal finance concepts, understand budgets and the importance of financial planning, become familiar with the use of financial services, utilize financial decision-making processes, and become better prepared for their future roles as consumers, investors, and workers.
Who can volunteer for JA Finance Park?
JA volunteers come from diverse backgrounds. They span all age groups and include business professionals, parents, community members, military personnel, college students, and retirees.
JA Finance Park volunteering works well for team building and can be used as bank CRA training.
What is my volunteer role at JA Finance Park?
As an active participant in a JA Finance Park simulation, your role will be to assist a group of 6-10 students by:
- Providing guidance to your group of student as they work through all aspects of their budgeting experience
- Ensuring the safety and security of the students
- Encouraging students to do their work to the best of their ability
- Engaging with students in spontaneous opportunities for learning (teachable moments)
Before I arrive, what training is expected?
There are two training sessions to prepare you for your volunteer experience at Finance Park:
1. Online (prior to simulation/visit)
2. In person (day of the simulation/visit).
The first training session may be completed at your convenience and takes approximately 20 minutes online. The volunteer facilitator online training is found here. Follow the 3 Step Volunteer Training Process.
I already did the online training; do I really need to be at JA Finance Park 45 minutes prior to the students' arrival?
It is highly recommended to help ensure a great day for you and the students.
The second training session takes place prior to the students' simulation. It begins promptly forty-five (45) minutes before the students arrive at the JA Finance Park location (see below for Oklahoma City and Tulsa locations). You will learn how JA Finance Park operates and what your role will be during the simulation. Please be sure to arrive forty-five (45) minutes prior to student arrival time for this training
Approximately how long will I be at JA Finance Park?
You will be at JA Finance Park presented by Bank of Oklahoma for 4 – 4 1/2 hours depending on the length of your school's simulation time.
What is the JA Finance Park staff's role during the simulation?
The staff is present to ensure a successful day. The staff at JA Finance Park will be available to assist you with all of your questions, keep the schedule/time, and make announcements about important events throughout the day.
What about lunch?
You will need to bring a sack lunch that does not need refrigeration. There will not be access to vending machines or a refrigerator.
Where is JA Finance Park located?
For Oklahoma City - Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Reno Campus - 7301 W Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73127. Click here for parking details.
For Tulsa - Tulsa Tech - Peoria Campus - 3850 N Peoria Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106. Click here for parking details.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. You will be on your feet much of the day.
Where can I leave my personal belongings?
JA Finance Park staff will assist you in securing your personal items on-site at the JA Finance Park location. You will have access to your personal items during the day as necessary.