JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s signature program for 7th & 8th grade, providing a hands-on education in personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students participate in either an on-site visit to the TowneBank Opportunity HQ (in Charlotte, NC) or through a virtual experience. During this interactive simulation, students will apply all they've learned to real-world experiences.
The topics and concepts of JA Finance Park are intended to prompt students to begin thinking about and planning for their financial future. This program helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. If in-person, students will receive mentorship from corporate volunteers throughout the simulation.
A minimum of 13 lessons are offered in either a traditional classroom presentation format or a project-based learning (PBL) format. Both traditional or PBL formats provide educators a method of delivery that will best meet the needs of their students. Additional extension activities are available for each lesson topic.
Curriculum includes the following units:
- Debit and Credit
- Investing and Risk Management