Addition Financial Credit Union to Provide Hands-On Financial Education Through Partnership with Junior Achievement and JA Biztown®

Addition Financial Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Central Florida celebrate Biztown partnership

ORLANDO (April 12, 2024) – Addition Financial Credit Union announced they are expanding their partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Florida to serve as a banking partner for the popular JA Biztown® program offered to elementary and middle school students across the greater Orlando area.

JA Biztown® is a hands-on educational program that combines in-class learning with a day-long simulation of a real town. Students take on roles within the simulated community, such as running a bank or credit union, managing a restaurant, or even voting for mayor.

“We are so excited to partner with Addition Financial to launch JA BizTown", said Karen Revels, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. "This learning experience is so impactful to the future of our youth.  Our mission is to prepare young people to succeed in a global environment and this is only possible due to partners like Addition Financial Credit Union.”

The immersive Biztown experience allows students to connect the dots between their classroom lessons and the real world, gaining valuable insights into everything from financial literacy and career exploration to business management and civic responsibility.

“As a credit union founded by educators, our team at Addition Financial is excited to explore new avenues to provide financial education because everyone learns differently,” said Richard Barbari, Manager of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Addition Financial. “Expanding our partnership with Junior Achievement through the Biztown program allows us to reach even more students at a critical age and help prepare them for a bright future.”

Through this partnership, Addition Financial Credit Union volunteers will play a vital role in guiding students throughout the financial side of the JA Biztown® experience. They share their financial expertise and help students make informed decisions within the simulated economy.

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About Addition Financial Credit Union:

Addition Financial Credit Union is a trusted banking and financial education partner that members of the Central Florida community rely on to help them along their financial journey. Founded in 1937, Addition Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida with more than $2.9 billion in total assets. As a member-owned credit union, Addition Financial puts the financial well-being of its more than 179,000 members at the heart of everything it does. With 26 full-service branches, 10 student-run high school branches, and financial products designed to provide better saving and loan rates and lower fees, Addition Financial is constantly growing and evolving to meet the needs of its members. Addition Financial is the Official Financial Institution of the UCF Knights and owns the naming rights of the Addition Financial Arena on the University of Central Florida campus. Newsweek named Addition Financial as one of the “Best Credit Unions for 2024.” For more information, visit