JA Finance Park Experience Has Lasting Benefits

The unique experience at a Junior Achievement Capstone facility frequently engages and inspires students, but a recent email tells how the magic of JA Finance Park can have unexpected consequences.

JA Finance Park combines classroom learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. Students have jobs and become providers for their families and must accommodate the needs of the family while creating and using a budget. Volunteers are able to share their professional expertise with students to help them make informed choices during the experience.

Sarah Connell, program manager of JA Finance Park for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, shared what the JA experience meant for one father and son.

"A teacher from Carson Academy told me a truly touching story about a father and son," Connell said. "This father and son in the past have not been particularly close. After a little persuasion from the child's mother, the father volunteered to come to JA Finance Park today.

"They kept their distance from each other at first. But as the day went on and as the father helped many students understand the stock market and how to check stock prices, you could see how proud that child was of his father. He started telling other students, 'That's my dad over there!'"

This JA experience has brought the father and son together and that this is something they will share forever."

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