Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

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JA America Works®

JA America Works uses a captivating timeline, colorful graphics, and interesting profiles to bring to life how business, entrepreneurship, immigration, and the evolution of technology shaped the economic development of the United States in the 19th century. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Be Entrepreneurial®

JA Be Entrepreneurial challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transition from being students to productive, contributing members of society. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA BizTown®

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. (Grade 5)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Career Success

JA Career Success equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also will learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Company Program®

JA Company Program, the latest evolution of Junior Achievement's legacy program, allows students to learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard work of entrepreneurship as they operate a student-led company. Students will be able to apply their newfound skills to their education and future careers. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Economics for Success®

JA Economics for Success gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They also learn about spending money within a budget; saving and investing wisely; and using credit cautiously. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Economics®

JA Economics reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. It also introduces students to consumer issues, such as saving, investing, and taxation. (Grades 11-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Exploring Economics®

JA Exploring Economics uses hands-on activities to explain complex economic concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production, distribution and consumption of goods. It gives insight into the effect governments and individuals have on the global economy— and on the price of a loaf of bread. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Finance Park®

JA Finance Park is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Global Marketplace®

JA Global Marketplace takes students on a spin around the world. Students learn the products they use every day, like their backpacks and sneakers, might use raw material from one country, be assembled in another, and sold from Peking to Chicago. The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA It's My Business!®

JA It's My Business! encourages students to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills. Those skills include knowing customers' wants and needs, launching effective marketing, and creating detailed business plans. By examining the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, students learn that a belief in one's self can make positive things happen in life. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA It's My Future

JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world. Students learn about career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning, and creating a personal brand. And, through a scavenger hunt, they are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace hosts. Students learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA More than Money®

JA More than Money teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money. It also identifies businesses that students can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. Students play a game to learn money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. (Grades 3-5)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our City®

JA Our City introduces students to the characteristics of cities and how cities are shaped by zoning. Students also learn about the importance of money to a city; how financial institutions help businesses and city residents; and how the media is an integral part of a city's life. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by exploring what it takes to open a restaurant. (Grade 3)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Community®

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Families®

JA Our Families explains how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. (Grade 1)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter. (Grade 5)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Region®

JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to see how money comes into and goes out of a business. (Grade 4)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Ourselves®

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Personal Finance®

JA Personal Finance explores the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. Students apply these elements to a personal financial plan that allows them to set specific goals for their lifelong financial needs and desired quality of life. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Titan®

JA Titan allows students to operate a virtual company through a Web-based simulation. The students' success depends on decisions about their product's price and their company's marketing, research and development, and business practices. Win or lose, students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company's bottom line. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 

 

High School Programs

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world.

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JA Be Entrepreneurial®

JA Be Entrepreneurial challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transition from being students to productive, contributing members of society. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Career Success

JA Career Success equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also will learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Company Program®

JA Company Program, the latest evolution of Junior Achievement's legacy program, allows students to learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard work of entrepreneurship as they operate a student-led company. Students will be able to apply their newfound skills to their education and future careers. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Economics®

JA Economics reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. It also introduces students to consumer issues, such as saving, investing, and taxation. (Grades 11-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Exploring Economics®

JA Exploring Economics uses hands-on activities to explain complex economic concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production, distribution and consumption of goods. It gives insight into the effect governments and individuals have on the global economy— and on the price of a loaf of bread. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace hosts. Students learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Personal Finance®

JA Personal Finance explores the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. Students apply these elements to a personal financial plan that allows them to set specific goals for their lifelong financial needs and desired quality of life. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Titan®

JA Titan allows students to operate a virtual company through a Web-based simulation. The students' success depends on decisions about their product's price and their company's marketing, research and development, and business practices. Win or lose, students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company's bottom line. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 

 

Middle School Programs

The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world.

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JA America Works®

JA America Works uses a captivating timeline, colorful graphics, and interesting profiles to bring to life how business, entrepreneurship, immigration, and the evolution of technology shaped the economic development of the United States in the 19th century. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Economics for Success®

JA Economics for Success gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They also learn about spending money within a budget; saving and investing wisely; and using credit cautiously. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Finance Park®

JA Finance Park is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Global Marketplace®

JA Global Marketplace takes students on a spin around the world. Students learn the products they use every day, like their backpacks and sneakers, might use raw material from one country, be assembled in another, and sold from Peking to Chicago. The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA It's My Business!®

JA It's My Business! encourages students to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills. Those skills include knowing customers' wants and needs, launching effective marketing, and creating detailed business plans. By examining the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, students learn that a belief in one's self can make positive things happen in life. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA It's My Future

JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world. Students learn about career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning, and creating a personal brand. And, through a scavenger hunt, they are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 

 

Elementary School Programs

JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.

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JA BizTown®

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. (Grade 5)

Implementation: JA Capstone Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA More than Money®

JA More than Money teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money. It also identifies businesses that students can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. Students play a game to learn money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. (Grades 3-5)

Implementation: JA AfterSchool Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our City®

JA Our City introduces students to the characteristics of cities and how cities are shaped by zoning. Students also learn about the importance of money to a city; how financial institutions help businesses and city residents; and how the media is an integral part of a city's life. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by exploring what it takes to open a restaurant. (Grade 3)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Community®

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Families®

JA Our Families explains how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. (Grade 1)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter. (Grade 5)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Our Region®

JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to see how money comes into and goes out of a business. (Grade 4)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 
JA Ourselves®

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten)

Implementation: Classroom-Based Entrepreneurship:  Financial Literacy:  Work Readiness: 

Junior Achievement USA® Programs

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.