Colorado Springs, CO – Junior Achievement USA (JA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1,743,600 from KPMG LLP for the redevelopment of its JA Finance Park® program curriculum. The funding will be used to update the curriculum used in JA's experiential learning program. While the program was initially developed to focus primarily on middle school students, KPMG's support will also result in a version of the program specifically designed for high school students.
JA Finance Park is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. KPMG provided support for the previous redevelopment of JA Finance Park in 2013, which has since been used to reach more than 1 million students.
"KPMG's support of JA Finance Park has allowed JA to make its content and delivery more relevant to today's learners," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "This continued commitment will help us increase the impact of this essential program, which helps prepare today's young people to be tomorrow's successful adults."
Redevelopment of the JA Finance Park program is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 school year.
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Diane Dang, Assistant Principal
"I saw the passion in their learning, & how it changed their lives & thinking of the world around them. I love JA!!!"
Finance Park Student
"Before JA Finance Park this stuff seemed impossible. Now it (financial independence) is in reach."
JA Finance Park Volunteer
"[The benefit of participating was] knowing I’m providing a better understanding of what adult life will be like."
Jay Calhoun, JA Alumni & JA Tulsa Board Member
"JA provided a solid foundation in leadership, economics and entrepreneurship as tools to achieve my goals."
"Junior Achievement taught me that everyone can be successful if you really work hard."