JA Programs

Junior Achievement Programs

Junior Achievement's unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. The impact is measurable, too. Students who participate in Junior Achievement programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts. We invite you to take a closer look at our programs!


Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

JA Inspire

JA Inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: 
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Ourselves®

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Our Families®

JA Our Families explains how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. (Grade 1)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Our Community®

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: High
JA Our City®

JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city.

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Our Region®

JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to track the revenue and expenses of a business. (Grade 4)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Our Nation®

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter. (Grade 5)

Implementation: 
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA More Than Money®

JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Career Speakers 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. (Grades K-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Economics for Success®

JA Economics for Success gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They also learn about spending money within a budget; saving and investing wisely; and using credit cautiously. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: High
JA Global Marketplace®

JA Global Marketplace Blended Model introduces students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Through completion of this program, students will gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA It's My Business!®

Through engaging activities, JA It’s My Business! Blended Model provides middle school students an opportunity to experience the initial steps necessary to start a business. New program content provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students, with each session building up to a product-pitch competition. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA It's My Future®

JA It’s My Future Blended Model offers middle school students practical information to help prepare them for the working world. Students will develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. (Grades 6-8)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
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 transition from being students to productive, contributing members of society. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: Moderate
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. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: 
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Company Program®

JA Company Program empowers high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community and teaches them practical skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own business venture. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: High
JA Economics® Blended Model

JA Economics Blended is a one-semester course that connects high school students to the economic principles that influence their daily lives as well as their futures. (Grades 11-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Excellence through Ethics

Through JA Excellence through Ethics, students will learn the importance of ethics and ethical decision-making and how ethical and unethical choices affect everyone in a community. (Grades 6-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Invest for Your Future

JA Invest for Your Future will provide high school students an opportunity to learn about investing, savings, retirement, time value of money, and how the stock market works.

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Minimal
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. (Grades 6-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Launch Lesson

JA Launch Lesson is a point-of-entry program delivered by community entrepreneurs. Students gain firsthand knowledge about starting a business and the entrepreneurial journey. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Personal Finance® Blended Model

JA Personal Finance Blended Model 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, and investing. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
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. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Titan® Blended Model

JA Titan Blended Model is a simulation-based program in which high school 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. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based, Virtual
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Correlates To State Standards!

Junior Achievement programs correlate to various national, state, and district educational standards. See how by clicking below!

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See the Results!

Survey results prove that JA is preparing students to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur, and providing them the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.

JA Programs Evaluation Results
JA Programs Scope and Sequence

Learn more about the concepts and skills of JA Programs.

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