JA Rising Women


JA Rising Women ThumbnailAre you inspired by entrepreneurs like Vera Wang, Oprah Winfrey, and Arianna Huffington? Now you can join their ranks and get a jump start on the path to running your own successful business. JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential.

With the help of businesswomen who serve as mentors, you and your JA Rising Women team will conceptualize an idea for a product or service, capitalize your venture, market your offerings, and reap the profits! Whatever your interests or strengths, there is a place for you in the student company. JA Rising Women requires a certain level of commitment, which you must be willing to make. This program is a great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.

 

 
 
 
 
Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA AfterSchool High School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Annual report, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch the company, Leadership, Liquidate, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis Accountability, Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Decision making, Idea development, Leadership, Product evaluation, Public speaking, Sales, Self-assessment, Synthesizing and evaluating information, Teamwork

Program Sessions

Meeting One: Start a Business

Students examine their own entrepreneurial traits, how those traits fit within the Company structure, and explore potential ways to fund their venture.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify what they will be doing in JA Company Program.
  • Share important information about prior knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes.
  • Build relationships with others in their group.
  • Determine entrepreneurial traits and choose a business team.
  • Explore potential ways to fund their venture.

Meeting Two: Fill a Need

Students brainstorm potential products and services that could fill a need or solve a problem and determine which business ideas should be vetted further.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Collaborate as a group to decide on the product or service that the Company will sell.
  • Narrow the list of potential business ideas by answering critical questions about each one.

Meeting Three: Vet the Venture

Students conduct research on their top product or service ideas and decide on which idea to move forward with based on a series of factors.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Conduct research on top business ideas.
  • Decide which product or service idea to move forward with.
  • Submit the product or service idea for approval.

Meeting Four: Create a Structure

Students form business teams and begin to develop their business plan through a series of specialized tasks.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Form and select business teams.
  • Collaborate in business teams to determine leadership, conduct research, and assign tasks in order to launch the business.
  • Work individually or with other Company members to conduct research and complete tasks in order to launch the business.

Meeting Five: Launch the Business!

Business teams report on their tasks and findings to the entire Company and come to a consensus on major decisions as they launch the business and finalize their business plan.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Engage in business communication and implementation.
  • Research business processes, and integrate information across all teams.
  • Apply the concept of accountability to practices in the Company.
  • Complete a business plan.

Meeting Six: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership.
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog.
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Seven: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the Company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership.
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog,
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Eight: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the Company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership.
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog.
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Nine: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the Company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership.
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog.
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Ten: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the Company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership,
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog.
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Eleven: Run the Business

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Practice business communication and implementation.
  • Practice task prioritization.
  • Practice follow-through.
  • Submit important information.
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Additional Topic Modules for Meetings Six - Eleven:

  • Capitalization: Students examine types of capitalization and practice the art of the pitch for future start-up capital.
  • Finance: Students practice using the Company's financial tools for their own future business idea.
  • Leadership: Students explore aspects of leadership.
  • Marketing and Communication: Students explore marketing through a virtual job shadow of top professionals from across the country.
  • Sales: Students practice sales techniques through a video blog.
  • Supply Chain: Students explore the basic supply chain and examine quality control techniques.

Meeting Twelve: Liquidate the Company

Students conclude remaining company business operations, liquidate the Company, and decide what to do with the profits.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain and follow the liquidation process.
  • Complete business closing and liquidation tasks, including recordkeeping.
  • Create an annual report.

Meeting Thirteen: Create a Personal Action Plan

Students create their own personal action plan using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the program.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of networking,
  • Complete a personal action plan.
  • Explore potential career options.