JA It's My Business!®

JA It's My Business!<sup>®</sup>

JA It's My Business! encourages students to use entrepreneurial thinking as they explore higher education and career choices. Students participate in fun, challenging activities such as an entrepreneurial quiz game, completing a blueprint for a teen club, participating in an auction of businesses, and creating entrepreneur profile cards.

The program targets students in grades six, seven, and eight. It is composed of six sessions, each 60 minutes in length. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

JA programs correlate to state standards in social studies, English, and mathematics, and to Common Core State Standards.


Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
JA AfterSchool Middle School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Advertising, Apprentice, Auction, Auctioneer, Be creative and innovative, Believe in yourself, Bid, Business, Business plan, Civic responsibility, Customer, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur profile, Fill a need, Know your customer and product, Market, Marketing, Profit, Self-taught, Social entrepreneur Active-listening, Analyzing information, Brainstorming, Creative thinking, Critical thinking, Decision making, Deductive reasoning, Estimating, Following directions, Group work, Interpreting information, Measuring, Money management, Oral and written communication, Problem solving, Self-assessment.

Program Sessions

Session One: I Am an Entrepreneur

Working in groups, students play the E-Quiz Game Show. They begin to identify entrepreneurial characteristics they possess by learning about the lives of entrepreneurs both past and present.

Session Two: I Can Change the World

Students work in groups to complete a blueprint for a teen club. They identify the first entrepreneurial characteristic, "Fill a Need," by considering customer needs and brainstorming product design. Students begin to identify the skills and knowledge needed to start a business.

Session Three: I Know My Customer

Working in groups, students recognize the second entrepreneurial characteristic, "Know Your Customer and Product." Students discover ways to market specific products to the appropriate customers.

Session Four: I Have an Idea

Students participate in an auction designed to highlight creative and innovative entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Session Five: I See a Need

By analyzing current examples of social entrepreneurs, students identify businesses they can start. They examine ways entrepreneurs use the four entrepreneurial characteristics to develop their business plans.

Session Six: Celebrate Entrepreneurs!

Students create entrepreneur profile cards to showcase their understanding of the fourth entrepreneurial characteristic, "Believe in Yourself."