JA Company Program®

An Overview

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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 or virtually to experience what it takes to start and run 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.


JA of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers JA Company Program in two ways. The first is our classic offering, where the program lasts for 15 weeks, starting in Novmeber and running through March, with students meeting once a week with assigned corporate mentors. Corporate host cohorts include: Accenture, Aqua Pennsylvania, Ernst and Young, IKEA, Pfizer, and SAP America. The application for the school-year JA Company Program opens in Late August and is open until mid-October. Our classic JA Company Program wraps up with our Regional Competition and Entrepreneurship Expo in Late April.
JA of Southeastern Pennsylvania also offers JA Company Program Summer Academy, a 7-8 week experience where students meet once a week with assigned corportate mentors virtually over the summer, starting in late June and running through August. The JA Company Program Summer Academy is an accelerated version of JA Company Program, where students focus on launching and running a Pop-up business. The application for JA Company Program Summer Academy will open in May and close in early June.

the hartford

Thank you to The Hartford for sponsoring the JA Company Program® again this year! 
During JA Company Program, 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 each year. Check out their work 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, email Stuart Younger or call (610)  230-3367 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!

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2020-2021 Student Companies--stay tuned for more info!

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA AfterSchool High School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Product Development Sales & Marketing Project Management Marketing

Program Sessions