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JA Finance Park Chicago Virtual®

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This program is administered by JA of Chicago
Middle School
High School
JA Capstone

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
Program Overview
This program, comprising a curriculum and a simulation, helps students in grades 7–12 build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.

There are two levels of content available for JA Finance Park: Entry Level and Advanced. The topics and concepts track closely with national financial literacy standards and are intended to prompt students to begin thinking about and planning for their financial future. This educator-led classroom curriculum culminates with a visit to JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or mobile facility, or virtually in the classroom, where students engage with volunteers and put into practice what they’ve learned by developing a personal budget.

In the Entry Level curriculum geared toward middle school students (grades 7–8), a minimum of 13 lessons are offered in either a traditional classroom presentation format or a project-based learning (PBL) format. The Entry Level curriculum includes the following units: Income, Debit and Credit, Savings, Investing and Risk Management, and Budget+. Both traditional or PBL formats provide educators a method of delivery that will best meet the needs of their students. Additional extension activities are available for each lesson topic.

The Advanced curriculum gives high school students (grades 9–12) a more personal focus. While it is not mandatory for students to have completed the Entry Level curriculum of JA Finance Park Virtual to have success with the Advanced curriculum, it is advisable that students have background in the following financial literacy concepts before participating in the Advanced curriculum: Earning and Income; Financial Goals; Insurance; Spending and Saving; Credit; Investing.

Program Concepts

Banking, Benefits, Budgets, Buying, Careers, Choices, Consumers, Credit, Debt, Exchange, Expenses, Income, Interest rates, Investments, Government, Money, Needs, Opportunity costs, Risk, Salary, Saving, Savings, Scarcity, Social Security, Taxes, Wages, Wants

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Analysis
  • Applying information
  • Brainstorming
  • Budgeting
  • Cause and effect
  • Charting
  • Comparing
  • Computation
  • Critical thinking
  • Data collection
  • Decision making
  • Filling out forms
  • Following directions
  • Graphing
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpreting data
  • Listening
  • Math computation
  • Negotiation
  • Observation
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Role-playing
  • Self-reflection
  • Spending
  • Taking responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Writing
  • Verbal communication

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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