JA Our City®

JA Our City<sup>®</sup>

JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students will apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:
  • Provide practical information about the zones found within a city.
  • Examine the importance of money to a city, why people pay taxes, and how people use different methods to pay for goods and services.
  • Describe the contributions of financial institutions to a city and how they help businesses and people achieve their economic goals.
  • Develop an understanding that entrepreneurs promote a healthy economy within a city.

The program is for students in third grade. It is composed of five sessions, and the average length of each session is 45 minutes. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.

JA programs correlate to state social studies, English, and math standards, and to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics.

Junior Achievement USA gratefully acknowledges Jackson Charitable Foundation for its dedication to the development and implementation of JA Our City.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based Elementary School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Banking, business, business decisions, circular flow of money, city, city planner, consumer, currency, deposit, economic development, entrepreneur, goods, government, interdependence, interest, jobs, making payments, money choices, producer, savings, savings account, services, taxes, transaction, withdrawal, zones Addition and subtraction, brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, decision making, developing ideas, drawing conclusions, evaluating payment types, following directions, listening, making choices, making observations, mapping information, performing addition, planning a business, problem solving, reading, recalling zones, teamwork, verbal communication, working in groups, writing

Program Sessions

Session One: The Business Zone

Students demonstrate an understanding of the different zones used in city planning and use the information to organize various businesses and industries within a city.

Session Two: Money Matters to a City

Students examine the importance of money to a city.

Session Three: Money on the Move

Students learn how people earn income to pay for the goods and services sold in a city.

Session Four: My Bank Account

Students manage a personal bank account as if employed and living in a city.

Session Five: Open for Business

Students develop an understanding of how entrepreneurs promote a healthy economy within a city.