JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.
CLASSROOM BASED PROGRAMS
JA Ourselves® uses compelling stories read aloud by the volunteer, along with hands-on activities to demonstrate helping, working, earning, and saving. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for kindergarten.
JA Our Families® Focusing on the roles people play in their local economy shows children the importance of work and the skills that are required to get, or earn, what they need and want. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for first grade.
JA Our Community® explores the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for second grade.
JA Our City® City life comes into sharp context in this designed-to-inspire student exploration of the jobs people perform, the skills they need to accomplish these jobs, and how their work has a positive effect on a city’s economy. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for third grade.
JA Our Region® Analyze how entrepreneurs use resources and work with each other to produce goods and services in a community. Recognize the skills, tasks, and concepts an entrepreneur must master to start a successful business. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for fourth grade.
JA Our Nation® provides practical information about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high-demand jobs. Further, it introduces the concept of globalization of business as it relates to production materials and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers worldwide. Five required, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for fifth grade.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
JA More than Money™ teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money, and businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. Six required, after-school, volunteer-led sessions. Recommended for grades three-five.
All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives
JA’s middle grades programs for students in grades 6-8 include economics and business curricula and a capstone experience. The dynamic interaction between the volunteer and students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.
JA Economics for Success™ explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values. It also demonstrates the economic benefits of staying in school. Six required, volunteer-led activities.
JA Global Marketplace™ provides practical information about the global economy and its effect on students’ lives. Six required, volunteer-led activities.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
JA It’s My Business!™ encompasses entrepreneurship curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations. Six required, volunteer-led activities.
JA Finance Park™ helps students build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions through hands-on, realistic site-based experiences. In-school, teacher-led activities; pre- and post-on-site experience.
All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.
JA’s high school programs for students in grades 9-12 include economic and business curricula, an after-school student-led enterprise, and a one-day workplace capstone experience. The dynamic interaction between JA volunteers and students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.
JA Classroom-Based Programs
JA Be Entrepreneurial® introduces students to the essential components of a practical business plan, and challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions.
JA Economics® examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions
JA Exploring Economics® fosters lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions.
JA Personal Finance®focuses on: earning money; spending money wisely through budgeting; saving and investing money; using credit cautiously; and protecting one’s personal finances. Five required, volunteer-led sessions.
JA Career Success® High-growth career industries predominate. This new program equips today’s students with the skills needed to compete in the world marketplace, specifically developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions.
JA Titan® introduces critical economics and management decisions through an interactive simulation. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions.
JA Job Shadow™ meets the needs of a diverse group of high school students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential-learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. In-school, teacher-led sessions; pre- and post-Job Shadow experience.
Connecting to Success is designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience the look and feel of a professional, sophisticated business conference.
The conference is designed to help students hone the skills they will need to be better prepared to join the workforce after high school, to pursue advanced training in technical skills areas, or to attend college.