Junior Achievement: Helping Students in Pennsylvania for Nearly 80 Years 

In celebration of April and Financial Capability Month, the Making Cents Project is showcasing a different financial education program or resource each day of the month. The 18th in this series is Junior Achievement or JA

Economic and financial education is nothing new for Junior Achievement. The organization has been providing programs in Pennsylvania since 1939. Known for bringing volunteers from the business community into classrooms as guest teachers, JA has grown to offer a myriad of in-class programs and other opportunities. Check out these program devoted to personal finance education:

JA Finance Park: This month-long program introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. It culminates in a visit to 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. (Middle School and High School)

JA More than Money: This program introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5)

JA Personal Finance: Students develop a personal financial plan that allows them to set specific goals for their lifelong financial needs and desired quality of life. The plan explores the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. (Grades 9-12)

JA Personal Finance Blended Model: The blended model allows students to experience the connections between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. To achieve financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, and investing. (Grades 9-12)

To bring JA Programs to your school or classroom, contact the JA office in your area:

Disclaimer: Resources included on the Making Cents blog have been reviewed by Pennsylvania educators and deemed worthwhile for classroom or professional use. Inclusion does not indicate endorsement by the Pennsylvania Department of Education or Penn State University.

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