Teach 200 Middle & High School Students to Budget

by Junior Achievement of Dallas


When students visit JA Finance Park and face the challenge of budgeting for their fictional family situation, they make important financial decisions covering where their family should live to what the grocery budget is for the month. Volunteers, serving as budget advisors, guide students through the process of building a monthly budget with their assigned incomes and share their experiences
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The earlier students can connect with professional role models, the more encouraged they will be to pursue academic excellence and aspire to a higher education. At JA Finance Park, 200 economically disadvantaged at-risk students will receive a life situation scenario detailing their career, their salary, and their family situation. With the help of Junior Achievement volunteers, they will make 23 budgeting decisions such as buying a house, homeowner's insurance, and saving for their future.


Many students who experience Finance Park are surprised by the number of decisions-and the number of expenses-the adults in their lives have to consider. Corporate volunteers begin a discussion, talking with students about their expectations, and learning that students are surprised by the low salary numbers for individuals with Bachelor's degrees and the even lower numbers that high school graduates have. The students see the value of continuing their education and impact on future earnings.

Long-Term Impact

With your support, 200 students will be one step closer to being successful and contributing members of society, inspired to make smart academic and economic choices through Junior Achievement programs. This means less young people will continue the cycle of poverty as they become adults.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Organization Information

Junior Achievement of Dallas

Location: Richardson, TX - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.jadallas.org
Project Leader:
Danika Thompson
Development Manager
Richardson, TX United States

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