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JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica

“I take my students to JA Finance Park because it’s a fun, immersive experience that gives my students the opportunity to practice crucial life skills like budgeting, thinking about savings, and planning investments in a supportive environment. The work my students do at JA Finance Park seems to “sink in” far better than any of the financial literacy lessons I’ve ever taught on my own in my classroom.”

-Hannah Drager, Teacher

JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, helps students build a foundation for making intelligent and lifelong personal financial decisions through a hands-on, realistic simulation experience. The program has been recognized by Harvard University’s Global Education Innovation Initiative  as a program with innovative curriculum and best practices related to 21st century skills in financial literacy education.

During their visit to JA Finance Park, located inside American Furniture Warehouse at 8501 Grant St. in Thornton, Colorado, students become an adult for the day and are immersed in a reality-based decision-making process addressing aspects of individual family budgeting, including housing, transportation, food, utilities, healthcare, investments, philanthropy, and banking. 

New for the 2020-21 school year, JA Finance Park Advanced allows students to have a more personal focus and to see the long-term impact of their education, savings, and credit decisions.  

For Fall 2020, JA Finance Park and JA Finance Park Advanced are available as a virtual experience. Much like the hands-on version, JA Finance Park Virtual users adopt a fictional persona, create an avatar and make fiscal decisions based on a predetermined life circumstance, all in a virtual environment.

JA Finance Park is offered at no cost to students or schools thanks to the support of volunteers and donors.

If you have questions, please contact us at FinancePark@JAColorado.org.

Educators
The JA Finance Park experience begins in the classroom. Teachers cover 13 different lessons of personal finance curriculum. Once the classroom curriculum is completed, the program culminates with a visit to our JA Finance Park facility, or with our virtual park simulation. Teachers are provided with curriculum training, along with student workbooks. Junior Achievement USA will also provide teachers with personalized login information to access supplemental materials, such as slide decks that support and strengthen the curriculum. All materials are free of cost!
Volunteers
In partnership with JA staff and classroom teachers, volunteers assist groups of 6-10 students as they work through budgetary decisions in the simulation. Volunteers arrive at JA Finance Park ahead of students to receive an interactive, hands-on training. The training will prepare you to lead students on the tablet based simulation and answer common questions. Throughout the simulation, you will play a strong role as a mentor by sharing your own experiences with education, career choices, managing finances, and more! Your story provides a real-world perspective for young people.
“I feel like this generation now focuses too much on what money can buy instead of the actual things that money can do. A program like this really allows people to open up their eyes…It’s good to know that we’re helping kids understand that life is not just about money and that there’s more to it.” -Pablo Sanchez-Hernandez, Volunteer

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