NEWS RELEASE - Junior Achievement of New York

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NEWS RELEASE - Junior Achievement of New York
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2015
Contact:
Jacqueline Dolly
Phone: 212-907-0046
Email: [email protected]
@JANewYork
CAPITAL ONE / JA MOBILE FINANCE PARK RETURNS TO HAUPPAUGE, LONG ISLAND
FOR AN EIGHTH SEASON RUN DURING APRIL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH
NEW YORK, NY – Capital One / Junior Achievement Mobile Finance Park is moving to Hauppauge, Suffolk
County, Long Island for an eighth season cycle after a successful winter run in Brooklyn, NY. More than
2,600 middle and high school students have already participated in the program during the first half of the
2015 Winter/Spring run. JA New York’s signature personal finance education and career exploration
program for middle and high school grade students will return to the Hauppauge Industrial Center on April
13 through June 12, 2015, where we expect an additional 2,700+ students to participate.
Mobile Finance Park is an ideal experiential program that teaches money management, budgeting and
career exploration skills in a fun and engaging environment. The goal is for teens to learn critical personal
finance concepts and skills necessary to successfully navigate and participate in the 21st century global
economy.
Mobile Finance Park allows students to see,
touch, and experience the economic world
around them on their own terms. Students
receive a fictional persona with a specific
income level, family structure and career. From
this, they learn to determine how much they
can afford to spend on food, car payments,
rent, electricity, education, and a host of other
basic needs.
For Long Island students, the program could
not be timelier as we move into National April
Financial Literacy Month - created to highlight
financial literacy educational initiatives and
resources that teach Americans how to
establish and maintain healthy financial habits.
Students learn to make important spending and saving decisions at Finance
Park.
“It is obvious that parents and teens need to
have honest conversations about money
management, including paying for college, and choosing a career,” said Joseph Peri, President of JA New
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York. “We want kids to understand how important it is to develop a plan for life after high school – whatever
that looks like for them and their families. Mobile Finance Park helps bridge the personal finance knowledge
gap by showing young people the connection between learning and earning potential, and by providing
them with the knowledge, experience and skills to make important life decisions.”
Since 2008 when the program first launched on Long Island, more than 26,000 middle and high school
students have been introduced to the skills they will need to reach their financial and career goals as
confident, successful, and contributing members of the NYC and Long Island communities.
Keeping pace with the introduction of mobile technology in the classroom, in 2015, the Mobile Finance Park
experience has upgraded to a tablet-driven, paperless format. This program enhancement will greatly
improve the teaching and learning experience on site.
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ABOUT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NEW YORK
Junior Achievement of New York is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the world's largest organization
dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their
future, and make smart academic and economic choices. We recruit, train, and mobilize more than 5000 corporate and
community volunteers to provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial
literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA New York delivers nearly 70,000 student experiences per
year, free of cost, in more than 200 NYC and Long Island public schools. Visit http://www.jany.org/ for more
information
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