JA Finance Park | Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Finance Park®

Middle and High School Program

Located in Auburn, Spokane and Yakima, WA

Where can middle and high school students engage in the real-life experience of creating and maintaining a personal budget? Where can they 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 all happens at JA Finance Park, a miniaturized city where students apply personal finance concepts studied in class to this life-like business environment. JA Finance Park represents the storefronts of 14 real, local businesses. Students visit each business at JA Finance Park and utilize the information they receive to act out a life scenario, create their own personal budget, and craft an exciting personal and professional future.

Real-Life Issues and Decisions Involve:

  • Family Health Care
  • Real Estate
  • Financial Planning
  • Family Clothing & Groceries
  • Furniture
  • Banking Services
  • Automobiles
  • Home Improvement
  • Insurance
  • Entertainment

JA Finance Park students will:

Complete 13 required lessons of in-class training in preparation 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.
For additional information regarding JA Finance Park at JA World in Auburn email Dawn ParsonsJA Finance Park/Experiential Programs Manager or call 253.236.3260.
For additional information regarding JA Finance Park at JA World in Yakima email Richard Perez, Regional Director, or call 509.853.1246.
For additional information regarding the JA Finance Park mobile unit, for Eastern WA/Northern ID email JJ Hotchkiss, Regional Program Manager, or call 509.624.7114.

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JA Finance Park Volunteer Training

Adult volunteers are an integral part of the students' visit to JA Finance Park. To help JA Finance Park volunteers better understand their role, they are required to participate in a training session. If you are volunteering at JA Finance Park, please complete your online training here.


A Special Thanks to KPMG

JA Finance Park curriculum is made possible with a generous gift from the KPMG Foundation. The grant was used to revise, design, promote, and evaluate JA Finance Park, with a goal of 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.
  • "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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