Educator Overview


The impacts of globalization are playing an increasing role in the lives of young adults. In coming years,
they will face financial challenges unrecognizable to their parents.    

Helping students begin to think about their future is a critical step in preparing them to succeed.


The YES! program provides an opportunity for students to begin discovering the choices that lie ahead. By combining career exploration and financial responsibility, Junior Achievement connects the importance of education to students' future economic success.


What grade level is the YES!  program designed for?

This program is intended to include all 7th and 8th grade students in a building and 6th grade students for those schools not participating in the JA Biztown program. The synergy of making the program a daylong effort with every student participating creates a level of energy in the building that adds to the overall impact.

In schools where class size is above 400 students and logistics are not conducive to a single day, the grades may be split into two separate days.


Which students should participate in the Yes! program?

YES! is designed to give every student an opportunity to realize the importance that career and financial decisions will play in their lives as young adults.   As a result, we require that the program be provided to all students at grade level.


What is the charge to schools for the Yes! program?

Junior Achievement provides this program to schools for free. There is some work required by the school to run the event such as preparing student schedules, providing lunch for volunteers, and planning for the utilization of the auditorium for the finale.   


What does the Yes! program look like?

All of the 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade programs consist of six activities. Each activity is designed to be approximately 40 minutes.  

The students will rotate through the six activities during the day.

The volunteer will remain in the classroom and teach the same activity six times. We recommend that teachers rotate with their students through all six activities.

At the completion of the day, all students will go to the auditorium for the final wrap up and grand finale.


YES! Programs Correlated to PA Standards
 View JA It's My Future - 7th Grade Correlations and Standards
        View JA Economics for Success - 8th Grade Correlations and Standards



View YES! 2018-2019 Schedule

View the YES! Program Overview brochure