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JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®

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JA BizTown
JA Finance Park and JA BizTown 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 has created an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.
 
JA Finance Park and JA BizTown 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 and JA BizTown 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 and JA BizTown, 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 and JA BizTown.  No special budgeting expertise or preparation is necessary and thorough training is provided for all volunteers! 
 

Need More Information?

To learn more, please contact us.
 

Watch How a JA Finance Park Works!

  • "You can feel the impact these programs have on the children and I will be a continuous supporter of JA!"

    JA Volunteer
  • "My students love JA time! It's a foundation for understanding how our lives work in a home and extends to a community."

    Kindergarten Teacher
  • "I was elated to see the great boost in confidence my daughter gained."

    SPARK Parent
  • "Teaching Junior Achievement is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. Teaching the children about important factors that will play key roles in their lives is what makes it so special. I loved the opportunity, thank you so much Junior Achievement!"

    JA Volunteer
  • "Having a Junior Achievement volunteer in my classroom has been so great for the students."

    Kindergarten Teacher
  • "I would like to thank you and all of JA Titan for the opportunities you have given me."

    Titan Scholarship Recipient
  • "This program is so important for students to understand they are part of a bigger community."

    School Administrator
  • "I really think this is a great program for the kids and I'm glad that they give these children the opportunity to show that they can be successful businesswomen."

    SPARK Parent
  • "The most heartwarming moments are when the children present you with drawings or tell you, ‘This has been the best day ever!'"

    JA Volunteer
  • "They're learning about important concepts like how and why to earn and save money at such a young age, and those lessons will help them become responsible members of the community as they get older."

    Kindergarten Teacher
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