Junior Achievement’s programs begin in elementary school and continue through high school. Our programs help students see the connection between what they learn in school and the working world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Our curriculum, developed and tested by Junior Achievement USA, is packaged in complete, self-contained kits that include detailed lesson plans and supplemental materials for volunteers to effectively deliver lessons. These hands-on activities help young people understand the economics of life, bringing the real world to students and opening their minds to their potential.
2014-2015 JA Program Impact
90,325 Students Reached
Through our elementary school programs, students learn how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers.
These programs build on principles from the elementary years, while emphasizing the value of education and money management.
These programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions related to financial planning, educational opportunities, and career possibilities.
Elementary School Program
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.
Kindergarten - 5th
(once a week for five consecutive weeks, 30 to 45 minutes per visit)
2014-2015 JA Elementary
72,579 Students Reached
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.
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.
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.
JA Our City introduces students to the characteristics of cities and how cities are shaped by zoning. Students also learn about the importance of money to a city; how financial institutions help businesses and city residents; and how the media is an integral part of a city's life. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by exploring what it takes to open a restaurant.
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.
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.
JA Our Families
JA Our Community
JA Our City
JA Our Region
JA Our Nation
Middle School Program
JA's middle school programs build on principles from the elementary school programs, helping students recognize education as a key to success. These programs stress the importance of education and staying in school.
6th - 8th
(once a week for six consecutive weeks, 45 to 60 minutes per visit)
2014-2015 JA Middle School
8,618 Students Reached
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.
JA Global Marketplace takes students on a spin around the world. Students learn the products they use every day, like their backpacks and sneakers, might use raw material from one country, be assembled in another, and sold from Peking to Chicago. The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives.
JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world. Students learn about career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning, and creating a personal brand. And, through a scavenger hunt, they are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting.
JA Economics for Success
6th - 8th
JA Global Marketplace
6th - 8th
JA It's My Future
6th - 8th
High School Program
JA high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. These programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world.
9th - 12th
(once a week for five to eight consecutive weeks, 45 to 60 minutes per visit)
2014-2015 JA High School
9,128 Students Reached
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.
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.
JA Company Program unlocks the innate ability in students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching a business venture—unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit. Each of the program’s 13 meetings is divided into a Company Ops and Deeper Dive activity. The Company Ops is that portion of the meeting during which students build and manage their business. During the Deeper Dive, students work individually or in groups to take a closer look at a business-related topic.
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.
JA Personal Finance explores the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving 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.
JA Be Entrepreneurial
9th - 12th Grade
JA Career Success
9th - 12th Grade
JA Company Program
11th - 12th Grade
11th - 12th Grade
JA Personal Finance
9th - 12th Grade
2014-2015 JA Finance Park
5,502 Students Reached
The JA Finance Program is composed of 13 required teacher-taught, in-class lessons. It culminates in a hands-on budgeting simulation that is implemented either at a JA Finance Park facility, mobile unit, or virtual site. Additional extension activities are available for each lesson topic. Lessons are offered in a traditional classroom presentation format designed for middle-grade students, and in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) format created for high school students. Both provide educators a method of delivery that will best meet the needs of their students.
JA Finance Park
JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.
6th - 12th
Prep: Read volunteer guide. Volunteer hours: 7:45am – 2pm.
How to Sign Up
To get your company involved in JA Job Shadow go to our on-line registration here.
JA Job Shadow
JA Job Shadow™ takes middle grade and high school students into the workplace to learn about careers. They are introduced to careers through one-day site orientation.
6th - 12th
(Job Shadow visit is usually four to five hours)
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.
JA will assign participating schools to your company site, coordinate with the schools to arrange transpiration and provide student, teacher and JSD company coordinators with guide book materials.
DAY OF EVENT
Students arrive at company site and after attending a welcoming and brief company overview, they then spend time with their assigned volunteer.
Complete the Job Shadow Post Event Evaluation Form and return all required documentation to the JA Coordinator.
What are the costs associated with supporting Job Shadow Day?
Junior Achievement partnered with SA Works to implement the JA Job Shadow program. JA would like to thank the following companies that participated as a result of this partnership:
Christus Santa Rosa
City of SA – Dept of Animal Care Services
City of SA – Dept. of Transportation
& Capital Improvements
City of Schertz
ESC Region 20
Firstmark Credit Union
Generations Federal Credit Union
Lackland - 149 Fighter Wing Division
Lackland – 502nd Air Base Public Affairs
Lucifer Lighting Company
New Forest Estates Senior Living
Rivercity Federal Credit Union
SA Chamber of Commerce
SA Public Library
SA River Authority
Southwest Research Institute
Toyota Motor Manufacturing TX Inc.
University Health System
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
About the Program
Event Day Overview
Job Shadow Companies
As a result of Junior Achievement USA's partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency prevention, these three after-school programs have been developed for elementary, middle grades, and high school students.
JA More than Money
JA More than Money teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money. It also identifies businesses that students can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. Students play a game to learn money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives.
JA It's My Business!
JA It's My Business! encourages students to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills. Those skills include knowing customers' wants and needs, launching effective marketing, and creating detailed business plans. By examining the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, students learn that a belief in one's self can make positive things happen in life.
The JA Story
What to Expect
Sign Me Up
Curriculum and Texas Correlation
6th to 8th Grade Programs
9th to 12th Grade Programs
JA Finance Park