A personal finance simulation for grades 6-12
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 dealers, home improvement stores, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, stock brokers, and utilities?
This all happens at JA Finance Park® , a simulated city where students apply personal finance concepts studied in class to a lifelike business environment. This simulation can be experienced onsite at our JA Education Centers and virtually through an online platform. 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.
How It Works
JA Finance Park students will:
Complete 8-13 required lessons of in-class training in preparation for their one-day, hands-on experience in JA Finance Park, on-site or virtual.
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.
JA Finance Park Locations
Volunteering at JA Finance Park
Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 247,340 classroom volunteers who help students in their
communities connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life” — work readiness,
entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Before you volunteer/teach at JA Finance Park, JA staff will provide comprehensive training and share the goals of the onsite experience. You will become familiar with the daily schedule, the work expected of the students, and your role and responsibilities as a volunteer.