JA Invest for Your Future

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2021 Stock Market Challenge South Dakota
Wed, Apr 28, 2021
Convention Center

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JA Invest for Your Future provides high school students an opportunity to learn about investing, savings, retirement, time value of money, and how the stock market works. JA volunteers share real-life experiences to showcase the importance of starting early to save money for retirement. Students play an in class computer simulation (created by Future Financiers) throughout the course of the three visits. Some of the students have the opportunity to advance to a live student event in the spring to compete against student teams from other schools. Even though not all of the students advance to the live competition, all students gain valuable information during the in-class program.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:
Financial Literacy:
Work Readiness:
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom Based Grades 9-12
Program Concepts Program Skills
Compound Interest, Diversification, Dividends, Initial Public Offering (IPO), Investing, Mutual Fund, Portfolio, Retained Earnings, Retirement, Risk Management, Savings, Stock, Stock Market Analyzing/Applying Information, Calculating, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Interpreting Data, Planning, Research, Teamwork

Program Sessions

Basics of the Stock Market

After hearing about the volunteer's connections and experiences, students learn about the basics of the stock market. The students then begin investing $500,000 into fictitious stocks in a stock market simulation.

Time Value of Money

Students learn about compound interest and the importance of the time value of money. The students continue playing the stock market simulation.

Reality Check

Students learn the difference between the stock market simulation and real life. Using the stock market simulation, the students compete to see who has the highest return on investment.

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