JA Finance Park Provides "Big Picture" View

Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania's "Challenge at JA Finance Park" R&D program recently elicited high praise from a parent. Melissa, whose daughter attended JA Finance Park as part of the experience, shared what JA Finance Park meant to her and her child.

"I would like to give a rave review of the financial planning field trip the kids took a few weeks ago. It was one of the most remarkable academic events I have witnessed. I was impressed by everything: my daughter's enthusiasm, the venue, the content, and the techniques used to make it all come alive," Melissa said.

"Often, students have a hard time sitting through presentations because they have no idea how the information fits into the big picture. Yet in a few hours, this program successfully provided an overview of real-world money-management tasks.

"Junior Achievement provided the "big picture" first, with each student's JA Finance Park life scenario. What followed were diverse, yet logical and realistic results as the students progressed through the decision-making process. I cannot express how impressed I was. I wish all of my kids could have experienced this innovative program, and recommend considering it for inclusion in the general high school curriculum."

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