JA Financial Capability 1 – Semester Course

In JA Financial Capability 1, part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester, teacher-led course in which high school students examine financial capabilities from a business perspective, focusing on banking, economics, business planning, and risk management. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that may include subject- matter guest speaking, coaching, or advising for case study and project course work.

Following completion of this course, students will be able to:

— Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards.
— Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world.
— Synthesize elective concepts through cumulative, tangible deliverables (projects).
— Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study.
— Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success.

JA Financial Capability 1 is part of the JA Financial Literacy Pathway. The course is a blended model that includes teacher-led content, volunteer-led opportunities, and self-guided content to support flexible implementation options. JA Financial Capability 1 is available in classroom- based or remote live implementation. Robust support materials are available for teachers, including a pacing guide for semester-long implementation.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts
Assessment of business needs, balance sheets, banking careers, break even, business banking, business choices, business ethics, business loan, capitalism, company information, crowdfunding, customer life cycle, demand, expenses, financial plan, financial planning, for profit and nonprofit businesses, funding sources, graphs, hard skills, income statement, insurance agencies, insurance careers, investing, job source websites, job trends, law of supply and demand, nonprofit funding, personal banking, pro forma, resources, risk, risk management, salaries, scarcity, small business pricing, soft skills, supply, the profit equation, types of insurance

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze facts
  • Analyze information
  • Analyze situations
  • Analyze statistics
  • Calculate financial information
  • Compare and contrast information
  • Complete research
  • Draw conclusions
  • Discuss information
  • Evaluate information
  • Intrepret data
  • Manipulate data
  • Participate in discussions
  • Present information
  • Perform calculations
  • Research information
  • Review data
  • Role play a situation
  • Think creatively
  • Think critically
  • Work in groups

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