Wednesday March 1, 2017; 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. JA Finance Park student experience. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early for a brief adult volunteer training session. Lunch (Pizza Hut) and drinks included.
What is JA Finance Park?
JA Finance Park helps area middle and high school students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to careers, income, expenses, savings, and credit. The JA Finance Park program begins with a three-to-six-week classroom curriculum, which provides personal finance lessons and learning activities that align with state learning standards. Through these lessons, students learn about financial institutions, taxes and salaries, and budgeting. A supplemental JA Career Exploration Guide offers enhanced exploration of local educational and career opportunities.
The classroom curriculum culminates with a visit to the state-of-the-art Lincoln Finance Park facility, where students put their learning into practice. During this one-day experience, students “become” adults faced with real-life financial situations and choices. Each student is given a personal profile that includes details relating to his or her simulated family, educational background, career, and income-level. Then, the students are immersed in a reality-based experience that involves individual and family budgeting and decisions relating to housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy, and banking. At all times, adult volunteers (homeschool teachers/parents) guide students toward sound financial and lifestyle choices.
Students participating in JA Finance Park receive their profiles, work through their budgets, and make purchases entirely on iPads.
Click on the link below to see a video about JA Finance Park.
Each student will need to be taught a series of lessons to prepare them for their experience. Lessons can be taught at the students's pace, but must be completed prior to the March 1st visit experience. Educator Materials for this specific program are available for $25 per teacher. Guides may be shared within homeschools/groups/organizations.
In addition to the JA Finance Park® Homeschool Day, we will also be offering the JA BizTown® program on the same day (Wednesday, March 1, 2017).
The one-day JA In A Day “Homeschool Edition” event will be held on Tuesday, March 14th at the Indiana Tech campus in downtown Fort Wayne.
Please click on the appropriate hyperlink for more information about each of these opportunities:
JA BizTown Homeschool Day--meant for students in grade levels 4th-6th
JA In A Day “Homeschool Edition”--meant for students in grade levels Pre-K (ages 4 & 5) through 12th