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Bring Junior Achievement To Your Classroom!

Bring Junior Achievement to your Classroom

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio provides proven, hands-on programs that focus on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education. 

  • Importance of Staying in School

    JA reinforces the value of an education. Evaluations conducted by an independent research firm showed that an average of eight out of 10 high school students reported that JA programs helped reinforce the importance of staying in school. In longitudinal studies, JA students were significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they would graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and graduate from college.

  • Preparation for the Real World

    Ninety-five percent of teachers report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world.

  • Educator-Respected and Recommended

    Ninety-six percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend.

Ways To Be A JA Educator

Weekly JA In-Class

Weekly JA In-Class

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: Typically one hour, for five days

As an educator, you'll be paired with a volunteer. Volunteers visit your classroom once per week for five to six weeks. Each visit lasts approximately 45 minutes.

JA In A Day

JA In A Day

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: Just one day‎

This experience uses the same JA programs as the weekly method, but it's condensed into a single day for a high-impact experience!  Programming works around the students' schedules (lunch and specials are maintained).

JA Job Shadow<sup>®</sup>

JA Job Shadow®

Where: At your company or organization
Time Investment: Typically a half business day

High School students learn to recognize career opportunities and potential job positions; they conduct mock interviews and attend a site visit to a professional work environment. A JA Program Manager will coordinate with the teacher to provide company/ organization options for the visit.

JA BizTown<sup>®</sup>

JA BizTown®

Where: In a JA facility that is a simulated city
Time Investment: Typically 6 hours

The JA BizTown program is designed for students 4th through 5th grades – providing them with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are applied in the real world. Teachers present students with a four-week curriculum, followed by visiting JA BizTown where students take on the roles of citizens, business owners, employees, and consumers for the day-long simulation. 
Teachers and volunteers receive training to help facilitate the JA BizTown program. 

How it Works

How JA Works During the Visit

Select a JA Program

We make it easy! Just give us a call or email us, and one of our helpful JA Program Managers will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have. They can also visit with you personally if you prefer! Your JA Program Manager will help you decide between weekly classroom visits, our JA In-A-Day model or JA BizTown.


How JA Works Calendar

Choose Your Schedule

If you have chosen weekly classroom visits, your JA Progam Manager will then connect you with your amazing JA volunteer for the two of you to coordinate schedules. If you have chosen a JA In-A-Day model the JA Program Manager will coordinate with you directly.

For JA BizTown, we will work with you and your school to schedule which day your students will attend the simulation. 

How JA Works During the Visit

During the Visit

For all in-class programs, your JA volunteer will guide your students through fun and engaging activities. You are there to support your volunteer and help manage the classroom. The time commitment is dependent on the program selected.

For JA BizTown you complete a four-week classroom curriculum, then bring your kids to the city simulation where they run the town for the day! Volunteers guide students through their job responsibilities throughout the day.

How JA Works Congratulations

Great news!

Your students will be inspired to connect what they are learning in the classroom to the real world and to their future success.

Parents! Would you like to have Junior Achievement in your child's classroom?
Just contact us or reach out to your school's PTO!

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Try These Engaging JA Tools with your Students!

JA My Way

JA My Way provides tips and tools to put students' careers on the express track. They'll take a Personality Quiz then visit My Career to find job matches. They'll explore buying a car and saving for college in My Money, create pro resumes at My Resume, and get tips to start a business at My Business!

JA Influencer

Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. This paper, Understanding the Student Loan Explosion, and discussion guide can help your students better understand the issues surrounding student debt and make better informed decisions about paying for higher education.

JA Build YOur Future

Created to help teens, parents, and teachers break down the cost of achieving teen's career goals into easy-to-understand numbers. JA Build Your Future explores potential future incomes from a desired career and evaluates the cost of education to help them make informed decisions.

JA is a thought leader in the industry! Take a look at a few critical issues papers JA has developed.

Junior Achievement Critical Issues Papers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my classroom time investment?

We understand that your classroom time is limited. A JA Program is typically taught one hour a day for one week. You can also choose to do it all in one day!

Are JA programs relevant to my teaching goals?

All JA programs align with State Standards and Common Core. JA's engaging program activities help to enhance meeting these goals. Learn more about how JA Programs meet State Standards and Common Core.

Where do the volunteers come from?

JA programs are delivered by trained corporate and community volunteers who share their skills and personal and professional experiences to make learning come to life.

Are JA programs effective?

Yes! An independent research firm showed that an average of eight out of 10 high school students reported that JA programs helped reinforce the importance of staying in school. In longitudinal studies, JA students were significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they would graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and graduate from college.

What JA program will be taught in my class?

JA offers several programs for K-12 grade-levels, all at no cost to you or your school. Learn more about them on our programs page.

Do I need to help teach the JA program?

It is not required, however, you are welcome to participate and assist with the class if you like!
  • "I can't think of a better gift for kids than to prepare them for success in the real world." - Aaron Bahe, Columbus City School Teacher

  • "I loved being the mayor of JA BizTown. I now have a good understanding of how busy business can be." - Gabbie Schneider, JA BizTown Student

  • "I loved my job as the CFO! It was so much fun. If I did this everyday it would be great!" - JA BizTown Student

  • "Kids are capable of more than we know. JA is a great way to demonstrate the real life skills they will all need." JA of Central Ohio Volunteer

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If you would like more information on Donating, Volunteering, JA Programs, or other ways to partner with us, please give us a call at (614) 704-3707 or email us!