JA Finance Park is a two-part program comprised of classroom curriculum, followed by a simulation experience where students put their knowledge into practice.
Finance Park meets the 9.1 Financial Literacy graduation requirement and New Jersey State Standards, all while supporting students through lessons centered around college and career readiness, and financial literacy.
JA's Finance Park is free to schools and students! It also includes a fun-filled, interactive simulation experience that can either take place as a field trip at the JA Education Center in Edison or in virtual setting using technology inside your classroom.
JA staff will prepare educators on how to effectively deliver curriculum in their classroom. Training takes approximately 45 minutes and can be done over the phone.
After the training session, teachers receive a curriculum guide and a workbook for each student. Project Based Learning (PBL) is also an available option. The PBL method does not require student workbooks and focuses on individual research toward a final project. (PBL requires students to have access to computers/internet for each JA Finance Park lesson).
After completion of the classroom lessons, students practice their new skills during a hands-on, culminating experience, the second piece of Finance Park's two-pronged educational approach. These reality-based simulations put students in the shoes of an adult for the day, and require them to make the tough financial decisions necessary to maximize their resources and avoid going into debt.
At Finance Park, groups of students are paired with volunteer mentors, business professionals, community role models and/or parents from the school to guide students through the simulation activity and share their education, career, and life experience with the students throughout the day.Students must bring their own lunch. Only cost to schools is transportation.
JA's online virtual simulation provides schools and educators increased flexibility when using the Finance Park program. If the field trip to the JA Education Center is not an option, students can still experience what is like to spend the day in adult's shoes - and feel more prepared for future success after completing the program, without leaving the classroom!
For more information about the JA Finance Park (Virtual) program, visit the JA Finance Park (Virtual) program page.