Highschool Opportunities

Teaching skills to help students develop their crazy ideas, get hired or retain a job.

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JA Finance Park

Introducing personal finance planning and career exploration.

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JA in a Day

Share your real world experiences and encourage students to own their futures.

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Explore Our Programs

What We Do

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

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Scope of Programs

Most programs at JA can be taught in 2 formats.

JA in a Day

5 lessons taught by a volunteer in 1 day.

Example timing would be 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

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Traditional Classroom

5 lessons taught over 5 weeks (typically 1 hour a week).

The volunteer coordinates with the teacher to determine the best date/time for each session.

Enhanced High School Opportunities

partnership with Drew Brees Foundation

Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge

Program Overview

With the help of local businesses and entrepreneurs, local high schools put together comprehensive business and marketing plans for products and services of their own creation. This pitch event is the culmination of three months of preparation that teaches high students the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. The students compete for local and state-level scholarships. The local winners from each market across Louisiana then compete for additional scholarships at the state competition. Additionally, the local and state winners earn funds for the school they represent.

Please reach out for more information on the program and logistics.

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Get Hired, Stay Hired

Program Overview

Is Your Teen Ready for Work?

Junior Achievement’s high school work readiness initiative, “Get Hired, Stay Hired” seeks to address the sentiments of employers and industry leaders across our area, “Are young workers really ready for the workplace?”

In an ever changing globally competitive economic climate, businesses with the strongest workforce will see greater success.  The competition among firms and industries for qualified workers is growing at a rate faster than jobs can be filled. All indicators and economic forecasts point to a manufacturing and economic boom for Louisiana and employers are already feeling the pinch for qualified workers. More importantly, many employers find young workers grossly underprepared and lacking in professional soft skills.

Using both classroom instruction of JA Career Success and JA Job Shadow, students spend 10-12 hours of sector specific career exploration interviewing and job skills mentoring and exploring of various roles within the host company.

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Connecting To Success

Program Overview

Connecting to Success teaches students skills they will need to better prepare themselves to join the workforce, pursue advanced training and skills or to attend college.

This program uses Junior Achievement’s Career Skills program for young adults. Students use role playing, case studies, group discussion and individual assessment to build workplace professionalism, and the ability to influence others as responsible, professional adults. Students undergo individual interpersonal skills and career development assessment. Volunteers help students explore the endless possibilities and opportunities within multiple job sectors.

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.

Finance Park


JA Finance Park is an economics education program that introduces personal finance planning and career exploration. It is designed to be taught to middle school and high school students by the classroom teacher. After completing the in-class curriculum, students visit JA Finance Park to put into practice what they’ve learned about economic options and the principles of budgeting.

While at Finance Park, students become “adults for a day” and are assigned fictional jobs, incomes, families, and expenses. Assisted by their teachers and a staff of trained volunteers, students have the opportunity to actually develop and commit to a personal budget.

Students are then expected to develop and stick to appropriate budgets, while making real-life decisions about housing, transportation, food, furnishing, savings, investments, utilities, insurance, and charitable contributions – the decisions they will ultimately make upon entering adulthood.

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Volunteers work with 4-6 students by guiding them through the process and taking them into the world of finance.

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September – November

JA in a Day


Imagine sharing your work experience and the JA program for just one school day with a classroom full of excited elementary students! A day where you are sharing your real world experiences and encouraging students to own their futures.

At the end of the JA Day, the students will have completed all five JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate. Classes are conducted from Kindergarten through 5th grade curriculum, training and support are provided by Junior Achievement.

Click here to sign up for the school of your choice or to receive more information on our programs.