JA Company Program®

An Overview

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. 2016-2017 host sites include: Accenture, Aqua America, Bimbo Bakeries USAComcastEvolve IP, IKEA, MicrosoftPfizerand SAP America and we welcome host Ernst and Young. 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 2016. Check out their work and who the winner was here.

More Information

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 Lauren Goldman 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.