JA Finance Park and JA BizTown | Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®

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JA Finance Park® and JA Biztown® is all that, and more. A financial literacy laboratory, these two campuses 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 of Western Pennsylvania has created an exciting reality-based learning environment for elementary through high school students.
JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown® allows elementary through high school 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 decision 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! 

Program Details

Learn more program details about JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®.

Ways to Support JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®

Campaign Materials

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Watch How JA Finance Park® Works!



Watch How JA BizTown® 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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