February 13, 2013
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Junior Achievement Improves Financial Literacy through New Mobile Learning Center and Spring Bowl-A-Thon

Capital One Bank and Junior Achievement of New Jersey announced the grand opening of the new Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park mobile learning center in Newark. The center was donated to the community for permanent use by Capital One Bank. Mayor Cory Booker, Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner, NJ Department of Banking & Insurance and representatives from Capital One Bank and Junior Achievement of New Jersey were there to talk to the importance of introducing students to financial education at an early age and the value of financial literacy in today’s global economy.

The program begins with four weeks of intensive in-classroom financial education lessons, based on Junior Achievement’s nationally recognized curriculum. Then, students put their newly learned money management skills to the test in the interactive learning environment of Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park™, where students are assigned fictional jobs, incomes, families and expenses and must make real life financial management decisions concerning housing, transportation, savings, food, and entertainment. Volunteers from local NJ businesses mentor the students during their journey, helping them develop and stick to budgets based on their assigned fictional life situation. The new mobile financial literacy center is expected to provide more than 5,000 students in grades 7-12 in Newark and surrounding counties including Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Union and Warren with a hands-on experience in budgeting, saving and smart spending in the 2012-2013 school year. In the coming years, Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park™ will tour throughout New Jersey to expand its reach and impact. Around the country, more than 100,000 students have participated in Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park™. Capital One has invested more than $19 million and more than 10,000 Capital One associates have volunteered at JA Finance Park centers across the country to help students become more financially literate.

Additionally, Junior Achievement is hosting its 2013 Spring Bowl-A-Thon., Friday, April 5, 2013. Join Junior Achievement for a bowling party with a purpose. All funds raised empower New Jersey youth to own their economic success.

Every $660 raised supports one JA classroom!

Participate at one of these locations:
Hanover Lanes, East Hanover 5:30-7:30pm
AMF Strike n Spare, Green Brook 3:00-5:00pm & 5:30-7:30pm
Pin Street, Hamilton 7:00-9:00pm
Laurel Lanes, Maple Shade 5:30-7:30pm
Harmony Bowl, Middletown 5:30-7:30pm

Fulfill your CRA through Bowling & Volunteering with JA during National Financial Literacy Month

Support financial literacy education in schools of need across the Garden State. For more information, contact Stephanie Karpowicz at skarpowicz@ja.org.

 

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