JA Finance Park

Imagine a generation of youth equipped with knowledge to budget, save and invest.

A Generation of youth prepared with the knowledge to budget. knowledge to budget.

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, for Broward County Public Schools, the JA Finance Park Program will encompass career exploration and financial literacy in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) format to provide students with a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.

The JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation for making lifelong personal-finance decisions. It 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 an on-site 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 participate in the program.

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JA FINANCE PARK SIMULATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Avatar Picking
  • NMI Calculations
  • Engaging research of budgeting items
  • Budget for fictitious life scenario
  • Review expenses
  • Purchase Items Appropriate for Their Life

2021-2022 TEACHER TRAINING SESSIONS

JA Finance Park Open Office Hours

“Open Office Hours” are a great resource for educators who are teaching the JA Finance Park curriculum. These casual sessions will be geared towards answering any JA Finance Park related questions and /or concerns. In these session we welcome you to share your best practices with other teachers and more!

When? Second Wednesday of every month from 4:00pm-5:00pm via Zoom.

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For more information about JA Finance Park, contact Lauren Henderson, JA Finance Park Program Manager, at (954) 979-7105 or email [email protected]

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS STOREFRONT SPONSORS!

THANK YOU TO OUR ADDITIONAL JA FINANCE PARK SUPPORTERS!

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