See the All-New JA Finance Park!

The new JA Finance Park is another milestone in marrying technology with JA?s volunteer-driven approach. This new program?epitomizes the spirit of the JA Education Blueprint. From blended learning to the JA volunteer playing an enhanced role, to infusing technology into the curriculum, JA Finance Park is a perfect example of what JA will be as we approach our next 100 years. JA?s new education experiences will go beyond the fundamentals, applying the themes of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education in ways that are not only memorable, but measurable.[JA Finance Park Video Screenshot] <> JA Finance Park?combines a teacher-led classroom curriculum followed by a one-day volunteer assisted simulation experience in a JA Finance Park facility. Facilities may be the buildings owned by JA Areas or the mobile version that a JA Area moves to different locations. The primary focus of JA Finance Park is personal financial literacy and the classroom curriculum also includes work-readiness skills. During the simulation, the students have a chance to put into practice what they have learned and really bring the concepts and skills to life.?Students are given a persona which may make them head of family with children or a single professional. They are told their new ?age,? what their annual income is, and their educational background. They are then asked to create a realistic budget based on their life situation. Throughout the simulation they are faced with the kinds of decisions we all have to make in managing our money. These fundamental elements have not changed with the new JA Finance Park. But we have made some significant changes that makes the content more relevant to today?s financial issues and more realistic in how the students interact in the simulation experience.See the new program brought to life by clicking here <> . JA gratefully acknowledges KPMG for their support in redeveloping this program!

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