JA High School Programs

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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!


High School Programs

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world.

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 Business Communications

JA Business Communications is a one-semester teacher-led course that equips high school students to focus on communication skills necessary to succeed in business. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: High
JA Career Exploration Fair

JA Career Exploration Fair is an event where students learn about a range of career options across multiple career clusters. (Grades K-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
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 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 Entrepreneurial Mindset

JA Entrepreneurial Mindset is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basics of starting a business. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
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 Finance Park®

JA Finance Park is Junior Achievement’s capstone program for personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. (Grades 7-12)

Implementation: JA-Capstone
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA Financial Capability 1

JA Financial Capability 1 is a one-semester teacher-led course in which high school students examine financial capabilities from a business perspective, focusing on banking, economics, business planning, and risk management. (Grades 9-12)

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

JA Financial Literacy is a one-semester teacher-led course that equips high school students with foundational personal finance skills.(Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: High
Work Readiness: Moderate
JA High School Heroes

JA High School Heroes provides leadership development opportunities to high school students who deliver JA programs in elementary schools. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Minimal
Financial Literacy: Minimal
Work Readiness: High
JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1

JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1 is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include teamwork, innovation, decision making, and ethics. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: High
JA Introduction to Business and Technology 2

JA Introduction to Business and Technology 2 is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include personal skills like innovation, management functions, and accounting. (Grades 9-12)

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: High
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: High
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 Job Shadow®

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.

Implementation: 
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 S.H.E. LEADS

JA S.H.E. Leads connects businesswomen and outstanding female high school students in Silicon Valley to celebrate success, develop workforce readiness, capture new opportunities and inspire the next generation of female leaders to pursue a career path in STEM.

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Moderate
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
Nor Cal Stock Market Challenge

This one-day, live Stock Market simulation game features teams of high school students who compete to see who can grow their initial investment into the largest net worth "mock" stock portfolio.

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: Moderate
Social Innovation Camp

JA Social Innovation Camps equip students with the skills and experiences to run businesses, make discoveries, create solutions, and change our world for the better. Students learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard-work of entrepreneurship as they work collaboratively to design solutions to issues related to sustainability, health and safety, STEM career development, high school graduation rates, and workforce readiness.

Implementation: Classroom Based
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: Moderate
Tech & Innovation Day

This one-day, project-based, intensive learning experience will engage high school students in hands-on workshops, expose them to tech career paths, and provide them the opportunity to network with region leaders in technology.

Implementation: 
Entrepreneurship: Moderate
Financial Literacy: Moderate
Work Readiness: Moderate
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