High School Programs

JA Worldwide’s high school programs for students in grades 9-12 include economic and business curricula, an after-school student-led enterprise, and a one-day workplace capstone experience. The dynamic interaction between JA volunteers and students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.

Classroom-Based Programs

JA Be Entrepreneurial®

JA Be Entrepreneurial® challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transformation from being students to productive, contributing members of society. Recommended for grades nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Advertisement, Business plan, Competitive advantages, Customer, Demographic, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial spirit, Ethical dilemma, Ethics, Financing, Long- vs. short-term consequences, Management, Market, Market needs, Marketing, Nonprofit business, Product, Product development, Profit, Social Entrepreneur, Social responsibility, Stakeholder, Voting
  • Skills – Analyzing information, Business Planning, Categorizing data, Decision-making, Evaluating alternatives, Expressing multiple viewpoints, Graphic presentation, Oral and written communication, Presenting information, Reading for understanding, Weighing consequences, Working in groups, Working in pairs

JA Career Success™

JA Career Success™ equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also will learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. Recommended for grades nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Career clusters, Career planning, Communication, Conflict management, Critical thinking, Education and training, Employer expectations, High-growth jobs, High performance teams, Interests, Inventory and ordering, Job interviews, Job outlook, Job retention, Post-secondary options, Problem-solving techniques, Retail stocking, Skills, Soft skills, STEM, Technical skills, The 4Cs, Working priorities, Workplace Skills
  • Skills – Analyze data, Conflict resolution, Communication, Creativity and innovation, Critical thinking, Decision making, Following written instructions, Formulating answers from personal experiences, Goal-setting, Identify behaviors, Interpersonal skills, Organizing information, Prioritizing, Research skills, Role playing, Self-assessment, Time management, Work collaboratively, Working in groups

JA Company Program®

JA Company Program®, the latest evolution of Junior Achievement's legacy program, allows students to learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard work of entrepreneurship as they operate a student-led company. Students will be able to apply their newfound skills to their education and future careers. Recommended for grades nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Business, Choices, Competition, Division of labor, Entrepreneurship, Expenses, Fixed Costs, Goods, Incentive, Income, Liquidation, Management, Marketing, Parliamentary procedure, Price, Productivity, Profit, Production, Research and development, Services, Stock, Variable costs
  • Skills – Assembling products, Consensus-building, Critical thinking, Estimating, Filling out forms, Interpreting data, Math computation, Negotiating, Presenting reports, Problem-solving, Public speaking, Research, Selling, Teamwork

JA Economics®

JA Economics® reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. It also introduces students to consumer issues, such as saving, investing, and taxation. Recommended grades eleven through twelve.

  • Concepts – Advantage, Demand, Economic systems, Exchange rates, Fiscal policy, Gross Domestic Product, Government, Global Economy, Income distribution, Inflation, International Trade, Investment, Labor, Markets, Opportunity costs, Productivity, Scarcity, Supply, Trade
  • Skills – Applying and classifying information, Critical thinking, Decision-making, Giving reports, Graphing, Interpreting data, Leadership, Math computation, Public speaking, Reading, Research, Taking notes, Working in groups, Writing

JA Exploring Economics®

JA Exploring Economics® uses hands-on activities to explain complex economic concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production, distribution and consumption of goods. It gives insight into the effect governments and individuals have on the global economy - and on the price of a loaf of bread. Recommended for grades nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Banks as borrowers and lenders, Command economy, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Consumer purchasing power, Demand, Distribution, Economics, Economic isolationism, Economic systems, Federeal Reserve System, Free-rider problem, Inflation, Inflation rate, International trade, Investing options, Market economy, Market-clearing price, Nonrivalry, Percentage change, Private property, Production, Public vs. private sector, Regional trade, Risk vs. reward, Saving options, Simple interest, Supply, Supply and demand, Tariffs, Taxes, Trade restrictions, Utility, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), World Trade
  • Skills – Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Charting, Decision-making, Evaluating alternatives, Evaluating information, Graphing, Listening for understanding, Oral and written communication, Negotiating, Public speaking, Reading for understanding, Solving algebraic equations, Working in pairs and groups

JA High School Heroes

JA High School Heroes program provides high school students, the opportunity to become role models by teaching and inspiring elementary students. An elementary school teacher is matched with a team of JA High School Heroes who spend an entire day with the same class. As the teacher for the day, high school students teach a series of five fun and interactive lessons. See a short video here.

  • Preparation – JA High School Heroes are required to attend training provided by JA staff at their school. During the training, students will receive their teaching materials, learn how to prepare the lessons and gain effective classroom management skills. Training takes approximately 90 minutes.
  • Benefits – Students are role models and learn leadership and teamwork skills. Earn community service hours for graduation. Build public speaking and presentation skills. Get exposure to the teaching profession and gain work-related experience. Great resume builder and project to highlight on college applications.

JA Job Shadow™

JA Job Shadow™ prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace hosts. Students learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job. Recommended for grade nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Career assessment, Career clusters, Career planning, Elevator pitch, Infographic profile, Interests, Job hunting, Job interview, Job outlook, Networking, Professional and ethical behaviors, Resume, Skills, Thank you notes, Work priorities
  • Skills – Analyze and apply data, Business communication, Creativity and innovation, Follow written instructions, Formulate answers from personal experience, Identify behaviors, Interviewing, Oral and written communication, Organize information, Present information, Read a variety of sources for information, Role-play, Self-assessment, Technical writing, Work collaboratively

JA Personal Finance®

JA Personal Finance® explores the fundamental elements of personal finances; earnings, savings and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. Students apply these elements to a personal financial plan that allows them to set specific goals for their lifelong financial needs and desired quality of life. Recommended for grades nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Budget, Budgeting, Compound interest, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit cards, Credit reports and scores, Debt, Earning, Education, Expense, Fixed expenses, Fraud, Identity theft, Income, Insurance, Interest, Investing, Lifetime earnings, Opportunity cost, Personal finances, Pay yourself first, Principal, Risk, Risk management, Saving money, Savings, Variable expenses
  • Skills – Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Creativity, Decision making, Evaluating alternatives, Graphic presentation, Oral, visual, and written communication, Prioritizing information, Read for understanding, Using a timeline, Working in pairs

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. Win or lose, students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company's bottom line. Recommended for grade nine through twelve.

  • Concepts – Business, Capital, Capital investment, Cash flow, Competition, eCommerce, Inventory, Management, Marketing, Price, Production, Profit, Research and development, Risk, Supply
  • Skills – Analyzing situations, Applying information, Charting data, Computer, Consensus-building, Critical thinking, Decision-making, Giving reports, Interpreting data, Math computation, Reading, Teamwork

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.

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