JA Our Community®


Program Overview
JA Our Community introduces students to the intersection of work readiness and early elementary grades social studies learning objectives, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe a community.
  • Identify the variety of careers people have in a community and how each job requires specific skills.
  • Identify how business and government jobs help a community.
  • Explain how taxation supports government services.
  • Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens act.
  • Describe the flow of money in a community's economy.

Program Basics

  • Includes a series of five sessions recommended for students in second grade.
  • Average time for each session is 40 minutes.
  • Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.
  • Students develop a sense of career awareness and how all jobs help a community.
  • Session-specific, age-appropriate materials increase student interaction and emphasize JA's experiential approach to learning.  
  • Correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards, as well as to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.
Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based Elementary School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Businesses, Careers, Citizenship, Coins, Community, Government, Innovation, Jobs, Production, Goods and services, Needs and wants, Skills, Taxes, Voting Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Decision making, Idea development, Making choices, Map reading, Problem solving, Role-playing, Speaking and listening, Teamwork

Program Sessions

Session One: People in a Community Work Together

Students learn what a community is and the variety of careers that people have in a community.

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Describe a community.
  • Recognize how people contribute to and benefit from a community.
  • Identify the variety of careers in a community and how each job requires specific skills.

Session Two: Sweet "O" Donuts

Students learn that workers who produce goods and services earn money for their work.

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Define the terms production, goods, and services.
  • Apply innovation to the production process.
  • Explain that people in a community earn money by performing work

Session Three: Business and Government Jobs

Students locate businesses, pay taxes, and explore government careers.

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Identify businesses and government careers.
  • Explain how taxation supports government services.

Session Four: Let's Vote

Students participate in decisions that benefit their school community. They vote to express their choice and to determine the will of the majority.

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Apply a decision-making tool.
  • Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens act and contribute to meet a community's needs.

Session Five: Money Moves

Students learn about money and how it moves through a community.

Objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Identify coins and money terms.
  • Describe how money flows through
  • a community's economy.