JA Programs

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

4,699 Volunteers

498 Schools

90,325 Students Reached

Elementary School

Through our elementary school programs, students learn how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers.

Middle School

These programs build on principles from the elementary years, while emphasizing the value of education and money management.

High School

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.

Grade Level

Kindergarten - 5th

Time Commitment

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

Give Them the Power to Change the World

2014-2015 JA Elementary

Program Impact

4,236 Volunteers

363 Schools

72,579 Students Reached

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.

Grade Level

6th - 8th

Time Commitment

(once a week for six consecutive weeks, 45 to 60 minutes per visit)

2014-2015 JA Middle School

Program Impact

368 Volunteers

60 Schools

8,618 Students Reached

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.

Grade Level

9th - 12th

Time Commitment

(once a week for five to eight consecutive weeks, 45 to 60 minutes per visit)

2014-2015 JA High School

Program Impact

323 Volunteers

75 Schools

9,128 Students Reached

2014-2015 JA Finance Park

Program Impact

410 Volunteers

39 Schools

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.

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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.

Grade Level

6th - 12th

Time Commitment

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.

Grade Level

6th - 12th

Time Commitment

(Job Shadow visit is usually four to five hours)

JA Afterschool

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.

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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.

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Curriculum and Texas Correlation

6th to 8th Grade Programs

9th to 12th Grade Programs

JA Finance Park