Enterprise Village & Finance Park
> We see about 20,000 students each school year. Most student are Pinellas County School students. But we see students from as far north as Orlando and as far south as Naples. We enjoy being able to provide this opportunity to as many students as possible.
> Pinellas County Schools is home to the original Enterprise Village and Finance Park. Enterprise Village, opened in 1988 by Gus Stavros and former Superintendent Howard Hinesley, is a self-contained economic education program that teaches fifth-graders the basics of economics. Ten years later Finance Park was introduced an expands on the economic lessons of Enterprise Village and uses hands-on simulation to teach personal finances.
> Student will remember the days spent here into the adulthood. J.R. Alderman, a teacher at Leila Davis, remembers when he was in fifth grade and had to attend Enterprise Village. "It was one of my most vivid memories of school,'' says Alderman. "Now as teacher I enjoy giving my kids a strong understanding of the core concepts of the village -- the work skills and decision making you need to be successful in business.''
> Volunteers are an important park of making this a success. Enterprise Village and Finance Park are always looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to assist fifth and eighth grade students in the exciting, fast-paced world of hands-on economics.
As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help prepare our children to become responsible productive citizens. Working with the students in this environment is fun and exciting.
> We work to improve financial and economic literacy with students to create educated consumers. The mission of the Gus A. Stavros Institute is to maintain a partnership system which provides quality educational experiences enabling students to reach their highest level of achievement and to become productive and responsible members of their community.