JA programs prepare youth for employment and entrepreneurship by building the skills that employers seek and that entrepreneurs need.
The global pandemic created an opportunity for new digital learning experiences to emerge faster than ever. At the same time, automation, globalization, and working from home require new skills, just as the largest generation in history is entering the workforce.
JA programs cultivate the knowledge and skillsets young people need to thrive in the modern global economy.
JA connects students to industry leaders to discover career pathways and develop actionable steps for students to reach their goals.
JA provides the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to hands-on, immersive learning experiences.
JA in a Day
JA in a Day is a high-impact way to deliver JA's lessons for a particular grade level all on the same day. Some schools choose to have every grade receive JA programming on the same day. "JA in a Day" is a unique opportunity as it offers volunteers and schools a great opportunity to get involved with Junior Achievement without juggling schedule conflicts or long-term commitments.
Career Speaker Series
Business professionals and entrepreneurs representing the 16 career clusters join this powerful career readiness experience to share their personal and professional career journey with students. Career speaker events centered around American Businesswomen’s Day, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Diversity Month, etc amplify the voices underrepresented groups within the workforce and specific industries.
JA Finance Park Virtual invests in students early on, empowering them to make intelligent lifelong financial decisions including career interests, personal values, how education affects their earning potential. budgeting, credit, interest rates, and how saving today will affect their tomorrow.
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. Through in-class lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in a simulated community, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills as they build the foundation in business, economics, and free enterprise. Students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy.
JA’s hands-on entrepreneurship programs expose youth to business concepts—helping them understand that start-ups are a viable career option, and providing opportunities to run their own businesses, work as part of a team, and be guided by real-world mentors, including local entrepreneurs and business professionals. Through teamwork, students learn to understand and appreciate the responsibilities each person has in running a business. By utilizing a learning model that incorporates 21st century technology and contemporary teaching methods, students learn in ways that foster innovation and ingenuity. Volunteer role models connect with students in both traditional and digital classrooms while sharing their personal and professional experiences to further ignite students’ entrepreneurial spirit.
JA’s skill-building programs—for students as young as 5 and as old as 25—are more important than ever before in our century of innovation and achievement.