JA Our Community®

JA Our Community explores work readiness, including careers, production, innovation, earning, taxes, government money, business, and decision-making. Students will develop a sense of career awareness and learn how all jobs help a community. JA Our Community consists of five 40 minute volunteer led sessions.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to recognize how money flows through the community’s economy, how a community works together to succeed, and how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success.

Session One: People in a Community Work Together

Students learn what a community is and the variety of jobs people have in a community.

The students will be able to:

  • Describe a community
  • Identify a variety of jobs in a community, each needing specific skills

Session Two: Sweet “O” Donuts

The students learn that workers who produce goods and services earn money for their work.

The students will be able to:

  • Define the terms: produce, production, goods, and services
  • Apply innovation to the production process
  • Explain that people in a community earn money by performing work

Session Three: Business and Government Jobs

The students explore how money earned for work moves through a community and the impact of that money on people, businesses, and government.

The students will be able to:

  • Locate businesses and identify government careers
  • Discuss how taxation supports government services

Session Four: Let’s Vote!

The students participate in a decision that benefits their school community. They vote to express their choice and to determine the majority’s will.

The students will be able to:

  • Apply a decision-making tool
  • Recognize voting as a way responsible community citizens act and contribute

Session Five: Money Moves in a Community

The students learn about money and how it moves in a community.

The students will be able to:

  • Identify coins and terms
  • Describe how money flows through a community’s economy

 

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