KPMG donates more than $1.7 Million to Junior Achievement USA for the Redevelopment of its JA Finance Park Program
Support will Be Used to Create Program Models for both Middle and High School Students
Colorado Springs, CO – Junior Achievement USA (JA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1,743,600 from KPMG LLP for the redevelopment of its JA Finance Park® program curriculum. The funding will be used to update the curriculum used in JA's experiential learning program. While the program was initially developed to focus primarily on middle school students, KPMG's support will also result in a version of the program specifically designed for high school students.
JA Finance Park is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit 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. KPMG provided support for the previous redevelopment of JA Finance Park in 2013, which has since been used to reach more than 1 million students.
"KPMG's support of JA Finance Park has allowed JA to make its content and delivery more relevant to today's learners," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "This continued commitment will help us increase the impact of this essential program, which helps prepare today's young people to be tomorrow's successful adults."
Redevelopment of the JA Finance Park program is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 school year.
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Amy Kneesey, Vice Chairman of the Brevard County School Board
"It’s a way to expand our curriculum without having to put out more resources. That’s a win for everyone."
Beth Westfall, Assistant Principal West Side Elementary School
"JA is relevant to my school, more so now than ever."
Hilah R. Mercer, Principal Cambridge Elementary Magnet School
"Junior Achievement is an outstanding, motivating program for our elementary students. Several of [our teachers] had JA volunteers last year and all had great praise for the program"
Michael Johnson, PhD, UCF Professor, College of Education
"I have long believed that this JA experience is so valuable for our UCF students and that actually it is a rare win for all experience, the UCF students, the school teachers, the school students, the UCF Education Profs, and the JA sponsors."