JA Our Families®

JA Our Families introduces students to entrepreneurship and how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family. 

Following participation in the program, students will be able to describe similarities and differences in families; categorize needs and wants; describe jobs people do; analyze their skills to find ways to help their families; identify goods and services provided by local businesses; and explain one of the entrepreneurial characteristics, Satisfy a Need or a Want.

 JA Our Families is recommended for students in first grade. The average time for each of its five sessions is 30 minutes. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

The program correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards and to 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
Business, Citizens, Earning, Economic incentives, Economic institutions, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Family, Fill a need, Goods and Services, Human resources, Income, Interdependence, Job, Money, Scarcity, Shelter, Skills, Spend, Traditions, Wants and needs, Work. Analyzing information, Creative thinking, Decision making, Differentiating, Drawing, Following directions, Listening and responding, Making observations, Map reading, Matching, Math calculations, Patterns, Reading, Recognizing and interpreting symbols, Sequencing, Verbal communication, Working in pairs.

Program Sessions

Session One: Our Families

The students discover how families are alike and different and how they can work together to make where they live a better place. 

Session Two: Our Families' Needs and Wants

Students become aware that all families need food, clothing, and shelter to live. They begin to understand and distinguish needs from wants.

Session Three: Great Job!

The students examine the jobs family members have, including operating their own businesses, and the ways people earn money to provide for a family's needs and wants.

Session Four: Businesses in Our Neighborhood

The students use the Floor Map to locate businesses throughout the neighborhood. They also identify locations for new entrepreneurial businesses, along with the goods or services these businesses will provide. 

Session Five: Our New Business

Students become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.