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Junior Achievement to Bring JA Finance Park Experience to Portland Area Students

Clackamas, Ore., May 6, 2019 – The flagship financial literacy program from Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington (JA), JA Finance Park will be at Camp Withycombe from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 24. Over 1,800 students from 14 area middle and high schools will be participating in this exciting financial literacy experience.

JA Finance Park is part of a suite of programs centered around financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, delivered to K-12 students by Junior Achievement, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to exceed in the global economy. JA Finance Park blends in-class learning with a high-tech, high-touch simulation experience. The program, which travels to several locations around Oregon and SW Washington, helps students develop crucial skills such as critical thinking, decision making, career exploration, and personal financial literacy.

Using an iPad and custom JA Finance Park App, the students are assigned a life scenario and move through the exhibit visiting 17 business kiosks, each representing a common household expense line. The simulation empowers youth to utilize the knowledge they have acquired during the in-class portion of the program to complete the task of researching choices and costs of various products and services, while ultimately building a balanced family budget.

“After a busy school year with the program traveling across the region, we are excited to be bringing JA Finance Park to Portland area students to close out the program year. JA Finance Park is reaching thousands of young people with relevant, engaging and effective financial literacy education,” says Ryan Deckert, President of JA of Oregon & SW Washington.

The JA Finance Park Tour is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union and business kiosks within JA Finance Park, representing line items in the students’ family budget, are sponsored by businesses including: Cambia, Comcast, Columbia Sportswear, Delta Air Lines, Fred Meyer, KeyBank, Northwest Credit Union Foundation, Pacific Power, The Standard Insurance, State Farm, Unitus Community Credit Union and U.S. Bank. JA Finance Park is supported locally by BECU, OnPoint Community Credit Union, The John and Ginger Niemeyer Foundation at the Oregon Community Foundation, The Firstenburg Foundation, Bank of the West and Glen/Mar Construction.

For more information on JA Finance Park visit https://jaorswwa.org/ja-finance-park.