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JA In the Classroom

Our classroom programs are inspiring the next generation to be financially capable and prepared to succeed in the work world. We partner with more than 400 schools and 4,000 volunteer mentors who give their time to teach students in the classroom about the importance of money management, work readiness and entrepreneurial thinking. Our expertly developed programs correlate to state and national standards, and help students connect what their learning in the classroom to the real world.

Our combined efforts will make it possible for more than 85,000 students across the state to receive JA lessons in class this year, at no cost to them or the schools. This year we are excited to be able to offer digital programming to meet students wherever they are learning!

Read more about our impact or look below to learn about our age-appropriate programs in the classroom.

 

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JA Ourselves®

Combines compelling stories read aloud by the volunteer with hands-on activities to demonstrate helping, working, earning, and saving.

(Kindergarten)

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JA Map Your Success

JA Map Your Success offers both an on-site event activity and an online interactive activity that allows students to plan….

(K-8th Grade)

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JA Career Speaker Series

In JA Career Speakers Series, a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about his or her career, work, and education experience.

(K-12th Grade)

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JA Our Families®

Emphasizes the roles people play in the local economy and engages students with activities about needs, wants, jobs, skills, goods/services, and entrepreneurial characteristics.

(1st Grade)

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JA Our Community®

Explores the interdependent roles and responsibilities of workers, the work they perform, payroll, taxes, saving, and how communities function.

(2nd Grade)

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JA More Than Money®

Teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money, as well as businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money

(3rd-5th Grades)

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JA Our City®

Studies careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers, city zones, and how businesses contribute to the economy of a city.

(3rd Grade)

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JA BizTown®

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a student-sized town. This signature program allows students to operate businesses, be consumers, and make adult decisions. Here, students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

(4th-6th Grades)

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JA Our Region®

Introduces the relationship between the natural, human, and capital resources, explores entrepreneurial traits, business owner tasks, and problem-solving.

(4th Grade)

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JA Our Nation®

Provides practical information about the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high demand jobs and the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. This program also emphasizes the need for entrepreneurial thinking in the workplace.

(5th Grade)

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JA BizTown Adventures

JA BizTown Adventures is a fully virtual, self-guided experience that simulates the JA BizTown in-person experience. This online program allows students to operate businesses, be consumers, and make adult decisions in a virtual space. Here, students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

(5th-6th Grade)

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JA STEM Summit

The JA STEM Summit introduces students to high-growth, high-demand STEM careers through a half-day of interactive classroom activities designed to inspire students’ career exploration and interest in STEM related education subjects.

(Middle School and High School)

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JA Excellence through Ethics

The JA Excellence through Ethics program is a 60- to 90-minute learning experience that teaches students the importance of ethics and ethical decision-making and how ethical and unethical choices affect everyone in a community.

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA Finance Park Virtual

JA Finance Park Virtual is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the….

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA Inspire™

JA Inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed….

(6th-8th Grade)

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JA Map Your Success

JA Map Your Success offers both an on-site event activity and an online interactive activity that allows students to plan….

(K-8th Grade)

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JA Career Speaker Series

In JA Career Speakers Series, a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about his or her career, work, and education experience.

(K-12th Grade)

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JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills)

JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills) will help students understand the value of professional communication and soft skills, making them more employable to future employers across multiple career clusters.

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA BizTown®

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a student-sized town. This signature program allows students to operate businesses, be consumers, and make adult decisions. Here, students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

(4th-6th Grades)

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JA BizTown Adventures

JA BizTown Adventures is a fully virtual, self-guided experience that simulates the JA BizTown in-person experience. This online program allows students to operate businesses, be consumers, and make adult decisions in a virtual space. Here, students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

(5th-6th Grade)

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JA Finance Park®

Introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. After in-class lessons, students visit JA Finance Park where they put into practice what they’ve learned to develop a personal budget.

(Middle School and High School)

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JA It’s My Business!®

Emphasizes entrepreneurial skills and critical thinking as students explore and enhance their career aspirations.

(6th-8th Grades)

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JA Global Marketplace®

Provides practical information about the key aspects of the global economy.

(6th-8th Grades)

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JA It’s My Future!®

Explores potential careers, job hunting, planning, and provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school.

(6th-8th Grades)

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JA Economics for Success®

Explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based upon their skills, interests, and values.

(6th-8th Grades)

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JA Launch Lesson

Brings entrepreneurs and small business owners into high school classrooms and allows them to share their experience, what inspired them to start their own business and provide practical insight about what it takes to own a company.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA STEM Summit

The JA STEM Summit introduces students to high-growth, high-demand STEM careers through a half-day of interactive classroom activities designed to inspire students’ career exploration and interest in STEM related education subjects.

(Middle School and High School)

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JA Excellence through Ethics

The JA Excellence through Ethics program is a 60- to 90-minute learning experience that teaches students the importance of ethics and ethical decision-making and how ethical and unethical choices affect everyone in a community.

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA Finance Park Virtual

JA Finance Park Virtual is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the….

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA Be Entrepreneurial (Creative Problem Solving)

JA Be Entrepreneurial (Creative Problem Solving) teaches students about the mindset and the skills needed for success by aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators who add value to any organization. Students learn and apply design thinking to brainstorm customer-centric ideas.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Be Entrepreneurial (Rapid Business Planning)

JA Be Entrepreneurial (Rapid Business Planning) teaches students about the mindset and the skills needed for success by aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators who add value to any organization. Students learn about the Lean Model Canvas, the strategic management template for developing business models.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Be Entrepreneurial (Think Like an Entrepreneur)

JA Be Entrepreneurial (Think Like An Entrepreneur) teaches students about the mindset and the skills needed for success by aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators who add value to any organization. Students develop a mindset that enables opportunity identification, innovation, value creation, and problem solving.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Business Communications – Semester Course

JA Business Communications is a one-semester teacher-led course that equips high school students to focus on communication skills necessary to succeed in business. (Grades 9-12)

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Career Speaker Series

In JA Career Speakers Series, a volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about his or her career, work, and education experience.

(K-12th Grade)

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JA Financial Capability 1 – Semester Course

JA Financial Capability 1 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.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Financial Capability 2 – Semester Course

JA Financial Capability 2 is a one-semester teacher-led course in which high school students examine financial capabilities from a business perspective, focusing on employee benefits, ethics, business investment, and international business operations.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Financial Literacy – Semester Course

JA Financial Literacy is a one-semester teacher-led course that equips high school students with foundational personal finance skills.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1 – Semester Course

JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1 is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include personal skills like teamwork, innovation, decision making, and ethics. Students also learn basic technical skills like how to use word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Introduction to Business and Technology 2 – Semester Course

JA Introduction to Business and Technology 2 is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include personal skills like innovation, management functions, and accounting.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills)

JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills) will help students understand the value of professional communication and soft skills, making them more employable to future employers across multiple career clusters.

(6th-12th Grade)

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JA Titan® Blended

JA Titan Blended is a simulation-based program where students compete as business CEOs in the phone industry, experiencing firsthand how an organization evaluates alternatives, makes decisions, analyzes the outcomes of those decisions, and then strategizes what to do next.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Marketing Principles 1 – Semester Course

JA Marketing Principles 1 is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to marketing and some basic marketing techniques.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Marketing Principles 2 – Semester Course

JA Marketing Principles 2 is a one-semester teacher-led course that teaches high school students about marketing in the world around them and potential careers in the field.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Economics – Semester Course

JA Economics is a one-semester course that connects high school students to the economic principles that influence their daily lives as well as their futures.

(11th-12th Grade)

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JA Personal Finance 2.0

JA Personal Finance 2.0 allows students to experience the interrelationship between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. To achieve financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, investing, credit card usage, debt management, and net worth.

(9th-12th Grade)

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JA Career Success®

Equips students with the knowledge needed to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students learn important workplace skills employers seek in young employees. Students also will learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Finance Park®

Introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. After in-class lessons, students visit JA Finance Park where they put into practice what they’ve learned to develop a personal budget.

(Middle School and High School)

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JA Take Stock in Your Future

JA Take Stock in Your Future, students discover the benefits and challenges of investing in the stock market as part of a broader, long-term investment strategy and the risks and rewards of trading.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Titan®

JA Titan allows students to operate a virtual company through a Web-based simulation. The students’ success depends on decisions about their product’s price and their company’s marketing, research and development, and business practices. Students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company’s bottom line.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Job Shadow®

Prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. Students will acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Personal Finance®

Helps students prepare for a successful financial life by demonstrating the importance of sound habits of budgeting, planning, saving, goal setting, investing, and managing risk.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Exploring Economics®

Helps students better understand the impact they have on the economy as consumers and taxpayers and teaches personal financial lessons about spending, saving, and investing.

(9th-12th Grades)

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JA Economics®

Examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics.

(11th-12th Grades)

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JA Be Entrepreneurial®

Focuses on challenging students through interactive classroom activities to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.

(9th-12th Grades)

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