JA Entrepreneurial Academy


The Entrepreneurial Academy is a unique opportunity that brings urban and suburban high school students together at a corporate site to gain skills in entrepreneurism, leadership, teamwork, ethics and career development. The focus of the 15-week, 30-hour program will be the development and launching of an actual business, using the "JA Company Program" curriculum. The program has run successfully since its start with The Hartford in 2013. The program has now grown to three sites, The Hartford, Stanley Black & Decker, and Goodwin College partnered with Pratt & Whitney.

Students will walk away with the following objectives:

  • Provide engaging, academically challenging, and experiential learning sessions that focus on enhanced entrepreneurial education.
  • Create an opportunity for students from diverse communities to come together and develop leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Help students make and understand ethical decisions as they enter the workforce and participate in the global community.
  • Equip students with an understanding of the work-readiness skills needed for the 21st Century
  • Provide an opportunity for students to meet regularly in a corporate environment and be connected to corporate employees as role models and mentors.

The program will be open to high school students (sophomores, juniors preferred), this is an application based program. The ideal candidate is a responsible student who is interested in business, is strong academically and has demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively with others. A cohort of about 20 students is being targeted for each site. Students will meet once a week for 15 weeks at their designated site from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Each program will be led by corporate volunteers who will work closely with the students. The sessions will be coordinated by a high school teacher who will be hired to provide educational rigor and behavioral management and JA staff which will provide logistical support and training for the volunteers.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA AfterSchool High School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Annual report, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch the company, Leadership, Liquidate, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis Accountability, Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Decision making, Idea development, Leadership, Product evaluation, Public speaking, Sales, Self-assessment, Synthesizing and evaluating information, Teamwork

Program Sessions