JA Company Program®
The JA Company Program® introduces students to the key elements involved in organizing and operating a business, while empowering them to solve problems and address local needs through the entrepreneurial spirit. The JA Company Program® focuses on building 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, decision making, and much more.
High school students from across the region attend weekly meetings at various host sites to experience what it takes to own a small business. Students work with their peers and corporate volunteers to organize and operate an actual business, undergoing every step from product creation to liquidation. The volunteers offer guidance along the way, but the company is truly run by the students themselves.
The program lasts for 15 weeks, with students meeting once a week at an assigned corporate host site. 2017-2018 host sites include: Accenture, Aqua America, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Ernst and Young, Evolve IP, IKEA, Microsoft, Pfizer, SAP America and Voya Financial. A full list of this year's host sites and times is available here.
Thank you to The Hartford for sponsoring the JA Company Program® again this year!
During the 15 weeks, students not only create their own company, but they are also responsible for marketing their products as well. To accomplish this, the companies are required to create commercials. They also create websites, and social media pages. The students submitted their commercials into the JA Company Program You Choose Award competition in 2017. Check out their work and who the winner was here.
If you or someone you know is in high school (grades 9-12) and interested in learning more about what it takes to become an entrepreneur, contact Stuart Younger for more information. Or, read over the Frequently Asked Questions.
Regardless of whether we personally visit your high school or not, ALL high school students are welcome to participate!
Click here for all documents needed to apply.
2016-2017 Student Companies
Take a look at the companies listed below. Each was created this year with current high school students, who were mentored by their Host Site volunteers. Their social media and websites are listed - you can event support each by purchasing products!
Accenture - VaryUs
Comcast - Hygenus
| Ernst and Young - Trippy Taps |
Tie dye tapestries.
| Evolve IP - Lava for Life |
Homemade aromatherapy lava bead bracelets.
SAP America - Positivity