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JA PROGRAMS

Elementary School Program

Grade Level

Kindergarten - 5th

Time Commitment

(once a week for five consecutive weeks, 30 to 45 minutes per visit)

2018-2019 JA IMPACT

Elementary School Program

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JA's Elementary Programs teach young students that people assume roles as individuals, consumers, and workers in their family, community, and the world around them.

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.

JA Ourselves

Kindergarten

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.

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Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Ourselves program.

Program Certificate Templates

JA Our Families

1st Grade

JA Our Families introduces students to entrepreneurship and learning objectives for first-grade social studies, including families, neighborhoods, money, and needs and wants. Through hands-on classroom activities, the students explore the ways in which businesses provide goods, services, and jobs for families.

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Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Our Families program.

Program Certificate Templates

JA Our Community

2nd Grade

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.

Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Our Community program.

Program Certificate Templates

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JA Our City

3rd Grade

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. Dr. Alice Wilder, an award-winning expert on childhood learning  consulted on the program's redevelopment.

Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Our City program.

Program Certificate Templates

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JA Our Region

4th Grade

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 see how money comes into and goes out of a business.

Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Our Region program.

Program Certificate Templates

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JA Our Nation

5th Grade

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.

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Volunteer Resources

Program  Training Video

These videos give you step by step instructions for the JA Our Nation program.

Program Certificate Templates

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