JA Finance Park Virtual simulates an adult life!
Junior Achievement has an amazing vision...and you help bring it closer to reality for students in grades k-12. The vision?
What if every child’s education opened their eyes to understand their eventual career path, compensation and personal economic health is largely under their own control, if they so choose?
We know education changes behaviors, and although we invest in it heavily, students in one study by the Pearson Foundation reported a major reason they drop out of school is because they do not see academic study as relevant or connected to their future success or the demands of the real world in which they and their families currently live.
According to another study, among teens, there is widespread uncertainty about how to earn enough money to become financially stable in adulthood; an increasing number believe they will be financially dependent upon and live with their parents for longer periods of time.
When students do not realize the importance of education to their lives, it can be easy for some to begin a gradual process of disillusionment and/or disengagement from it.
Knowledge of personal financial management and the workforce is powerful information for young people to possess. It removes the mystique about setting and reaching goals, creates a sense of mastery over one’s own fate, and can make higher educational and career aspirations more attainable.
Junior Achievement has transformed the delivery of our mission to be even more relevant, and a cathartic learning experience for students in today’s high-tech and multi-sensory world. You are a big part of that mission, and we want you to know we are grateful.
Students are grateful too! Here's what one had to say following her experience in JA Finance Park Virtual:
"I had a lot of fun and learned lots of new information, like the different types of banking, investment methods, how to budget, and my favorite, credit cards and debit cards. You even motivated me to stop going to Dunkin Donuts everyday and to be a better saver. I feel like I know more about finances now and I know to be very careful with my planning. Thank you."