JA Excellence through Ethics

With JA Excellence through Ethics, students learn the importance of ethics and ethical decision making and how ethical and unethical choices affect everyone in a community. Along with a volunteer business professional, the teacher helps students explore personal values, character development, and ethics while offering the opportunity to discuss related issues. The program’s aim is to show students that the adults around them value ethical behavior. Students need strong character qualities, including respect, fairness, and a positive attitude, to become self-disciplined, lifelong learners at school, work, and beyond. They discover that character matters.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

— Demonstrate the importance of ethics and ethical decision making.
— Examine and challenge their own choices in daily life, work, school, and their community.

JA Excellence through Ethics is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for middle and high school students.

JA Excellence through Ethics is a 60- to 90-minute learning experience with additional optional activities that create an opportunity for the volunteer to impact students’ lives. The program is available in classroom-based and remote synchronous implementation. The volunteer serves as a role model, sharing personal on-the-job experiences and information while leading the session.

Program Concepts
Accountability, beliefs, code of conduct, core values, decision-making, employee ethics, ethical awareness, ethical dilemmas, ethical obligations, ethical reasoning, ethical standards, interdependence, interpersonal skills, professional attitude, rights of others, role model, social responsibility, truthfulness, values

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze situations and decisions in light of ethical considerations
  • Apply guidelines for ethical decision making
  • Consider attitudes
  • Critical thinking
  • Examine the competing pressures on young people
  • Express why ethical standards are important to society and businesses
  • Listening and communicating
  • Reading for understanding
  • Suggest actions to correct problems

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