Finance Park

JA Finance Park September 21 – November 10, 2016!

 While at Finance Park, students become “adults for a day” and are assigned fictional jobs,incomes, families, and expenses. They are then expected to develop and stick to appropriate budgets, while making real-life decisions about housing, transportation, food, furnishing, savings, investments, utilities, insurance, and charitable contributions – the decisions they will ultimately make upon entering adulthood.

Watch Finance Park in Action!

Thank you volunteers!!!

In March 2016, our #GoodNeighbor friends at State Farm generously gave to sponsor JA Finance Park.

State Farm’s commitment to preparing teens with critical life skills such as personal financial literacy makes a BIG impact in our community!

Volunteers work with 4-6 students by guiding them throughout the process.Taking students into the world of business, JA Finance Park is a month-long economics education program that introduces personal financial planning and career exploration. It is designed to be taught to middle grade and high school students by classroom teachers. At the culmination of this program, students visit JA Finance Park to put into practice what they’ve learned about economic options and the principles of budgeting. Assisted by their teachers and a staff of trained volunteers, they have the opportunity to actually develop and commit to a personal budget.  For more info email

Kaliyah’s experience:

I came in to finance park ready to have fun like any other field trip. When I was assigned the persona of a single mom with one child it was like my mom’s real life. MY GAI (gross annual income) was $30,000 and I was shocked when I had to start paying my bills!  My volunteer told me all the bills were “real life” and the costs were accurate.  I couldn’t believe how much childcare expenses were for one child and I couldn’t believe my mom had to spend so much money in real life!