JA Stock Market Challenge | Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

The Excitement of Wall Street in Central Illinois

New Game-Based Virtual Option Now Available

Through this NEW immersive program, students gain practical financial literacy skills, a greater awareness of how world events affect the American economy, and for some, inspiration for their future career.

  • High School Students will learn how the stock market works and explore responsible financial habits through the all-new classroom program, JA Take Stock in Your Future
  • This new curriculum is immersive with five core lessons and 11 optional extensions to engage students in forming a deeper understanding to build financial wealth. One of the four core lessons, a real-time online stock simulation, helps students gain confidence as they invest fictitious dollars in real stocks for an authentic learning experience.
  • Students will put their newly acquired knowledge to the test as they compete alongside students across McLean County in the all new JA Stock Market Challenge! Competitors will use fictitious cash to invest in over 10,000 stocks with real-time market data. They will be encouraged to research daily market news within the simulation and make informed decisions on which stocks to invest in.
  • Join us Thursday, April 29 as we recognize our students' hard work and honor the JA McLean Teacher of the Year & Volunteer of the Year during our online celebration.

Sponsorships Available | Contact: Sally.Eastman@ja.org or 309-682-1800

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