At the Patten Family Foundation JA Finance Park, each year more than 20,000 eighth grade students from Broward and south Palm Beach Counties learn how financial decisions will impact their lives. These include expenses related to family health care, real estate and home improvements, automobiles, insurance, entertainment, education, and purchasing items such as clothing, furniture and groceries.
This year, while our students cannot be in our facility, we have brought the JA Finance Park experience to the digital world! The virtual JA Finance Park Program is accessible online and flexible for in-class or remote learning. Through engaging curriculum activities and virtual experiences, JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation for making lifelong personal-finance decisions. The program supports financial literacy skills and student engagement and helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school, via in-classroom or remote learning, and the real world.
The program consists of curriculum that teaches them about finances, careers, income, expenses, savings, and credit, while helping students recognize that their education decisions affect their career options and have an impact on their potential income and quality of life. At the end of the curriculum instruction, students participate in a brand-new virtual simulation and put what they learned into action by managing a real world inspired personal budget based on local careers in a simulated city.
Want to help our students? JA Finance Park is always seeking volunteers or donations to Junior Achievement of South Florida. Sponsor a class or school as they virtually participate in the program.