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Programs - JA Finance Park®


JA Finance Park® by the Numbers
During the 2013-14 school year, over 8,000 students participated in the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city and JA Finance Park® Virtual. Students came from 69 schools in 17 districts throughout New Jersey and were impacted by 553 volunteers.


JA Finance Park® is a turnkey, standards-based financial literacy curriculum that gives middle and high school students invaluable experience weighing real-life budgeting decisions, making informed consumer choices, and setting career goals. JANJ offers the innovative program to New Jersey schools at no cost, providing educators the resources and support they need to ensure their students effectively meet New Jersey’s core curriculum content standards and graduation requirements in financial literacy (Standard 9.2).

The JA Finance Park® program begins in the classroom with 13 teacher-led, standards-based lessons centered on promoting smart money management, wise consumerism and career exploration. Students delve into all aspects of what it takes to build and maintain a realistic family budget, giving them the knowledge they need to make smart decisions about how to spend and save their money. The culminating activity challenges students to put their newly acquired life skills to test during a field trip to the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city or by participating in the JA Finance Park® Virtual online simulation. Volunteers from local New Jersey businesses mentor the students during their visit to Capital One/JA Finance Park or while they are logged onto JA Finance Park® Virtual, helping them make the financial decisions and trade-offs their families face daily in the real world.

"Today at Finance Park, I got a glimpse of how it feels to be someone who is financially independent. I was put into the perspective of my parents, and I had to make diligent decisions while staying in budget. It gave me good perspective and I’m happy I came."
- Joseph, Explore 2000 Middle School, Jersey City






Click here for JA Finance Park® program overview.

Click here for JA Finance Park® Virtual description.


Teachers, please click here for field trip application or click here for Virtual application.


Click here to view our Volunteer Training Guide (PowerPoint file with audio)

To learn more about volunteering at Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park view our
General Program Overview or contact Crystal Law at crystal.law@ja.org.


JA Finance Park® on Classroom Close-up, NJ





Call to Action!
Junior Achievement of NJ is seeking your in-kind support to house
Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park for approximately two months.
Click here to see our In-kind/Low-cost space request.






Become a part of our Wall of Recognition at JA Finance Park by purchasing a “brick” that will permanently display you/your family’s name. Your investment will help us provide our youth with the skills they need to become financially responsible, contributing members of our community.

Click here to become a brick member!

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