JA Our Nation®


JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for people who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market. Students will learn that businesses are actively seeking workers with skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They'll understand that people who have these STEM skills benefit from a growing number of opportunities in what are called high-growth, high-demand careers.

JA Our Nation introduces the concept of globalization of business and how that may affect the careers students choose to pursue. The program also stresses the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking.

JA Our Nation is a series of five required sessions and one optional supplemental session recommended for students in fifth grade. Each session is 45 minutes in length. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed session plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. JA programs also 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
Classroom-Based Elementary School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Advertising, Capital resources, Career preparation, Communication, Competition, Corporation, Demand, Employees, Employers, Engineering, Entrepreneur, Free enterprise, Global competition, Goods, High-growth, high-demand jobs, Human resources, Natural resources, Opportunity costs, Partnerships, Price, Products, Profit, Resources, Resume, Scarcity, Services, Skills, Sole proprietorship, Specialization, Stock, Stockholders, Supply, Technology, Technophile Addition and subtraction, Brainstorming, Conceptualizing and designing advertisements, Creative thinking, Critical thinking, Decision making, Drawing conclusions, Estimating, Evaluation, Following directions, Graphing and graph interpretation, Listening, Map reading, Problem solving, Reading and writing, Reasoning, Role-playing, Teamwork, Verbal communication, Working in groups

Program Sessions

Session One: What's Your Big Idea?

Students practice being entrepreneurs by turning ideas into businesses. They identify factors needed to create a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and design an advertisement for their product.

Supplemental Session: Business Organization

Students further explore entrepreneurship by experiencing the three ways a business can be organized.

Session Two: What's a Resource?

Students learn about resources and how they apply to technology, workers, and the needs of businesses and industries.

Session Three: Job to Job

Students examine the skills needed in jobs that are in demand by businesses, particularly the skills related to high-growth, high-demand jobs.

Session Four: A Cluster of Skills

Students learn about job clusters and the background necessary for jobs within those clusters. They are introduced to a simple resume that uses typical resume components.

Session Five: Worldwide Connections

Students are introduced to specialization and competition. They explore how their nation is connected to the global economy. They see how specialization and technology have contributed to free enterprise and how those trends have affected the global business world.