Harvard’s recognition of JA Finance Park

JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, is one of JA-Rocky Mountain’s most popular and engaging programs for middle and high school students.  Recently, JA Finance Park was recognized by Harvard University’s Global Education Innovation Initiative as a program with innovative curriculum and pedagogical practices related to 21st century skills in financial literacy education.

Harvard has added program information about JA Finance Park to their website, which serves as a resource for education stakeholders, policymakers, and funders. According to the site, Harvard’s GEII “offers tools and information to educate leaders from around the globe so that they can better support the development of 21st century competencies among youth, especially those who are the most vulnerable and least privileged.” GEII looks at education for the 21st century using the following metrics: competencies in the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive domains; values and attitudes; as well as active, engaging, and empowering pedagogy. See the GEII website to read more about these metrics.

Junior Achievement’s JA Finance Park was evaluated using each of the above metrics, which prompted Harvard to recognize our organization. See JA’s evaluation here .

“We are thrilled to receive such notable recognition,” said Meaghan Sullivan, vice president of programs for JA-Rocky Mountain. “It reaffirms that we are developing and delivering innovative, and impactful curriculum that effectively prepares kids for the future.”

JA Finance Park curriculum immerses students in realistic, up-to-date, and relevant financial literacy education through classroom-based lessons and a hands-on, interactive simulation experience.  A few of the newest corporate sponsors that are enabling JA to bring JA Finance Park to local students include: Businessolver, Comcast and Oakwood Homes.

Click here to learn more about JA Finance Park.