Every year, teachers invite us into their classrooms to deliver JA® programs. That is a responsibility that we take seriously... and take on with passion. The response to Junior Achievement® in the region from educators has been overwhelmingly positive. You understand the importance of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to providing your students with a ladder to the American Dream. 

Mrs. Rashida Holman-Jones, Social Studies teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. discusses her students' experience at JA Finance Park® Prince George's County in Landover, Maryland.

Bringing my students to JA Finance Park® was unique and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Before going to the park we were given lessons to prepare our students for their trip to JA Finance Park. The material ranged from specifics about income and earnings to budgeting and buying a house. These are lessons that we as teachers do not have the time or resources to bring to our students – it was also a great way to bring to life some of the concepts that are being taught in their math and social studies classes.

When arriving to the park the students were greeted by the volunteers from Bechtel and given a short orientation. After the orientation each volunteer took a group of students and went to a “homeroom” to start the day. At first most of the students and volunteers were quiet and shy towards one another because they had just met. The volunteers went over what the day would look like and how to use the technology in the park. After introductions some of the students began to open up and started realizing the importance of the activity. The volunteers not only engaged the students though the guided instructions, but shared stories and experiences from their own lives. This really sparked the attention of the students and gave them a chance to see how all of the information relates to being an adult.

As the day progressed the volunteers and students bonded and were able to truly dive into the material of JA Finance Park. The volunteer truly provided our students with an experience that they had never seen before. Being able to discuss what actually takes place in the “real world” in a real way, excited the students. Without the volunteers I don’t think our students would have been as engaged as they ended up being during the trip.
— Elizabeth Nakamura, Deal Middle School

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