JA Education Programs

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JA Biztown

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. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. (Grades 4-6) 

  • Grade: 4-6 Elementary School, Middle School 
  • Financial Literacy level: High 
  • Work Readiness level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship level: High

JA Career Speakers Series

In JA Career Speakers Series, a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about his or her career, work, and education experience. (Grades K-12) 

  • Grade: K-12 Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • Financial Literacy level: High
  • Work Readiness level: Low
  • Entrepreneurship level: Low
Junior Achievement programs at Yeatman Liddle Middle School and Lexington Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri.  October 26 and 27, 2017.  Photo by Ellen Jaskol.
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JA Company Program

JA Company Program empowers high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community and teaches them practical skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own business venture. (Grades 9-12) 

  • Grade: 9-12 High School 
  • Financial Literacy level: Medium
  • Work Readiness level: High
  • Entrepreneurship level: High

JA Finance Park

JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s capstone program for personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. (Grades 7-12) 

  • Grade: 7-12 Middle School, High School 
  • Financial Literacy level:  High 
  • Work Readiness level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship level: Low 
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JA Global Marketplace

JA Global Marketplace Blended Model introduces students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Through completion of this program, students will gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market. (Grades 6-8) 

  • Grade: 6-8 Middle School 
  • Financial Literacy level: High 
  • Work Readiness level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship level: Low

JA High School Heroes

JA High School Heroes provides leadership development opportunities to high school students who deliver JA programs in elementary schools. (Grades 9-12) 

  • Grade: 9-12 High School 
  • Financial Literacy level: Low  
  • Work Readiness level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship level: Low
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August 29, 2019. Photo by Ellen Jaskol.

JA Inspire

JA Inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond. (Grades 6-12) 

  • Grade: 6-12 Middle School, High School 
  • Financial Literacy level: Low  
  • Work Readiness level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship level: Low 

JA It’s My Future

JA It’s My Future Blended Model offers middle school students practical information to help prepare them for the working world. Students will develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. (Grades 6-8) 

  • Grade: 6-8 Middle School 
  • Financial Literacy level: Low  
  • Work Readiness level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship level: High
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JA Job Shadow (Blended Model)

JA Job Shadow Blended Model is a comprehensive experience that helps students design an individualized career path. Supporting blended as well as self-guided activities, JA Job Shadow provides a design-thinking structure for career exploration. (Grades 9-12) 

  • Grade: 9-12 High School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: Low 
  • Work Readiness Level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: Low 

JA More than Money

JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5) 

  • Grade: 3-5 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: High 
  • Work Readiness Level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: High 
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JA Our City

JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. (Grade 3) 

  • Grade: 3 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: High 
  • Work Readiness Level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: Medium

JA Our Community

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2) 

  • Grade: 2 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: Medium 
  • Work Readiness Level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: Low 
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JA Our Families

JA Our Families explains how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. (Grade 1) 

  • Grade: 1 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: Medium 
  • Work Readiness Level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: High 

JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter. (Grade 5) 

  • Grade: 5 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: Low 
  • Work Readiness Level: High 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: Medium 
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JA Our Region

JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to track the revenue and expenses of a business. (Grade 4) 

  • Grade: 4 Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: Medium 
  • Work Readiness Level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: High 

JA Ourselves

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten) 

  • Grade: K Elementary School 
  • Financial Literacy Level: High 
  • Work Readiness Level: Medium 
  • Entrepreneurship Level: Medium 
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JA Youth Entrepreneurship Pathway

Ensure that students graduate from high school with an entrepreneurial mindset so that we can cultivate a pipeline of entrepreneurs to strengthen our economy and our workforce.

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