JA Finance Park | Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Finance Park®

Middle and High School Program

Located in Auburn and Yakima, WA

Where would middle and high school students be engaged in the real-life experience of creating and maintaining a personal budget? Where would they be asked to create a lifestyle budget that factors in health care providers, real estate offices, car dealer, home improvement stores, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, stock brokers, and utilities?
This will all happen at JA Finance Park where students study the concept of personal financial management in the classroom, and then apply them in a life-like business environment. JA Finance Park is an actual center, structured in a business park setting with up to 14 local businesses represented. Students visit each business at JA Finance Park and utilize the information they receive to create their own personal budget.

Real-Life Issues and Decisions Involve:

Family Health Care
Real Estate
Financial Planning
Family Clothing & Groceries
Banking Services
Home Improvement

JA Finance Park® students will:

Complete 13 required lessons of in-class training in preparing for their one-day hands-on experience in JA Finance Park.
Build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal finance decisions.
Recognize their decisions about education and careers have an impact on their potential income and quality of life.
Explore saving and compare investment options
Create personal budgets and discover the importance of spending money wisely.
Earnings potential and career options are immediately associated with educational success. Researchers agree that the reality of budgeting and purchasing is the best tool for linking school success with the best careers.

Experience JA Finance Park®


Request JA Finance Park Program

For additional information regarding JA Finance Park at JA World in Auburn please email Dawn Parsons, JA Finance Park/Experiential Programs Manager or call 253.236.3260.
For additional information regarding JA Finance Park at JA World in Yakima please email Richard Perez, Sr. Manager, Central Washington Programs & Partnerships, or call 509.853.1246.
For additional information regarding the JA Finance Park mobile unit, for Eastern WA/Northern ID please email Jackie Wright, Regional Director, or call 509.624.7114.

A Special Thanks

JA Finance Park curriculum is made possible through a generous gift from the KPMG Foundation. The grant was used to revise, design, promote and evaluate the new JA Finance Park, with a goal of more strongly infusing 21st-century learning concepts and techniques. The grant also supported the revision of the simulation technology that fosters student understanding of personal budget and smart money-management practices. JA Finance Park impacts more than 150,000 students across the nation each year and continues to grow. In addition to financial support, KPMG provides volunteers at JA Finance Park locations to support the experiential aspect of the students learning.

10-Year JA World Auburn Celebration, with Seahawk Jermaine Kearse, June 2015

  • "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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