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.

Newark Location! February – May 2015:
155 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102
(Downtown Newark, corner of Halsey & Bank Streets)

Field trips from November – January: NJ State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

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 9.2 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

v VOLUNTEERS, please click here for Volunteer Overview to learn more about volunteering at the JA Finance Park simulated city.

v TEACHERS, please click here for field trip application or click here for Virtual application.

v Click here for JA Finance Park® program overview.

v Click here for JA Finance Park® Virtual description.

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

  • Stephanie Karpowicz, JA Finance Park Manager,, (609) 419-0404 ext. 111


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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