Programs - JA Finance Park®

JA Finance Park® by the Numbers
During the 2014-15 school year, 9,135 students participated in the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city and JA Finance Park® Virtual Simulations. Students joined us from 75 schools in 18 counties throughout New Jersey, and were mentored by 535 volunteers.

JA Finance Park®: A two-pronged approach to financial literacy education for middle and high school students that begins with several weeks of classroom lessons, centered on money management, wise consumerism and career exploration. This free program helps NJ students meet core curriculum standards and the 9.1 Standard high school graduation requirement.

Students put their newfound knowledge to the test in a budgeting activity during a culminating experience, either at the Capital One/JA Finance Park simulated city or through the virtual online simulation at their school’s computer lab. JA Finance Park Virtual allows students to participate in an online budgeting simulation, without ever having to leave the school.

The JA Finance Park Simulation Experience:

Upon arrival to the Capital One/JA Finance Park Simulated City, students are separated into groups and assigned to a volunteer mentor for the day. Students each receive a tablet for use during the simulation, where they will first use them to learn about their fictional adult life situation for the day.

Through a series of steps led by their volunteer, students explore realistic spending categories, including housing, transportation, utilities, and child care, to name a few. They must make spending decisions and create a household budget based on their household net monthly income. Finally, students must revisit each storefront to pay their bills with their given debit card.

"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

Now accepting school applications for 2015 – 2016!

Please select a simulation experience that works best for your school…

JA Finance Park with Field Trip Simulation

JA Finance Park Virtual Simulation

v Teachers:, Click here to view the JA Finance Park One-Pager and Correlation Summary.

v Volunteers, Click here to learn more about volunteering at the JA Finance Park Simulated City.

*2015-16 Calendar Coming Soon!

Have questions about JA Finance Park, or wish to sign up? Contact:


Junior Achievement of New Jersey - 4365 Route 1 South - Princeton, NJ 08540 - Phone: 609-419-0404
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