8th graders from J.D. Smith Middle School together with Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada executive staff, board members and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, gathered to cut the ribbon at Capital One /Junior Achievement Finance Park 2015.
Sponsored by Capital One Financial Corporation, a total of 16 Clark County schools will be participating during this year’s 42-day session, which will host up to 100 students daily with the help of more than 800 volunteers who guide the students through the personal budgeting simulation.
The all-day, interactive learning simulation teaches students the importance of financial literacy. JA Finance Park includes hands-on in-school activities taught in a 12-lesson program within the classroom with the 13th lesson culminating in the visit to the Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park.
Students are given real-life scenarios where they have to make 25 different financial decisions throughout the day. They will learn the value of saving, investing, risk management and budgeting, among other skills that increase their financial literacy and business skills.
Through JA Finance Park, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada emphasizes the value of good financial management and budget management skills.Since the program debuted in 2013 in Southern Nevada, the duration of the program and number of participating students has more than doubled from the initial 16-day program with 1,899 students. Across the country since 2006, more than 130,000 students have participated in JA Finance Park, assisted by more than 12,000 Capital One associate volunteers.
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada hosts JA Finance Park in conjunction with Capital One Financial Corporation for 2015 and 2016, after which the organization’s goal is to build a permanent facility.
This year’s participating schools include:
- Ernest Becker Middle School
- James Cashman Middle School
- Ed W. Clark High School
- CornerStone Christian Academy
- Alexander Dawson School
- St. Francis de Sales School
- Dell H. Robinson Middle School
- Las Vegas Day School
- Jerome Mack Middle School
- Mario C. and Joanne Monaco Middle School
- Pinecrest Academy
- Grant Sawyer Middle School
- Charles Silvestri Junior High School
- J.D. Smith Middle School
- West Preparatory Academy
- Thurman White Middle School
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