JA HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
JA’s high school programs for students in grades 9-12 include economic and business curricula, an after-school student-led enterprise, and a one-day workplace capstone experience. The dynamic interaction between JA volunteers and students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.
JA Company Program®- Blended Model
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. This new JA Company Program is delivered using the blended-learning model. This model combines the current JA volunteer-led experience with digital collaboration and elements that lead to increased student engagement.
Each of the program’s 13 meetings is divided into two activities and includes a team builder exercise. “Company Ops” is that portion of the meeting during which students build and manage their own business. During the “Deeper Dive” students work individually or in groups to take a closer look at a business-related topic. (Grades 9-12)
Who we currently work with on company program:
- Springfield Thunderbirds
- East Longmeadow High Schools
- Pathfinder Regional Technical High School
It’s great publicity and an opportunity for your company to give back to the community and help the future leaders of tomorrow.
- Volunteer your company to participate: Sign Up
Annual report, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch the company, Leadership, Liquidate, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis
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.
The JA Finance Park program is composed of 13 required teacher-taught, in-class lessons. It culminates in a hands-on budgeting simulation that is implemented at a JA Finance Park 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. (Grades 7-12)
Banking, Benefits, Budgets, Buying, Careers, Choices, Consumers, Credit, Debt, Exchange, Expenses, Income, Interest rates, Investments, Government, Money, Needs, Opportunity costs, Risk, Salary, Saving, Savings, Scarcity, Social Security, Taxes, Wages, Wants
Active listening, Analysis, Applying information, Brainstorming, Budgeting, Cause and effect, Charting, Comparing, Computation, Critical thinking, Data collection, Decision making, Filling out forms, Following directions, Graphing, Interpersonal communication, Interpreting data, Listening, Math computation, Negotiation, Observation, Planning, Problem solving, Reading, Research, Role-playing, Self-reflection, Spending, Taking responsibility, Teamwork, Writing, Verbal communication
JA Job Shadow™
Meets the needs of a diverse group of high school students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential-learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. In-school, teacher-led sessions; pre- and post-Job Shadow experience. (Grades 8-12)
Career cluster, Interests, Interview, Reflect and evaluate, Resume, Skills, Work-readiness skillsSkills
Analyzing and interpreting information, Brainstorming, Critical thinking, Oral and written communication, Public speaking, Self-assessment, Setting goals, Working in groups, written communicationAll 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 Career Success®
JA Career Success equips students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries. (Grades 9-12)
The program covers the following key topics:
- 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
- Strong soft skills.
- Work priorities.
- STEM and other high-growth industries.
- Personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles.
JA Career Success enhances students’ learning of the following concepts and skills:
Career clusters, Career planning, Career preparation, Collaboration, Communication, Conflict management, Critical thinking, Education and training, Employer expectations, High-growth jobs, High performance teams, Interests, Inventory and ordering, Job interviews, Job outlook, Job retention, Post-secondary options, Problem-solving techniques, Retail stocking, Skills, Soft skills, STEM, Technical skills, The 4Cs, Working priorities, Workplace Skills
Analyze data, Collaborative discussions, Conflict resolution, Communication, Competition, Creativity and innovation, Critical thinking, Decision making, Following written instructions, Formulating answers from personal experiences, Goal-setting, Identify behaviors, Interpersonal skills, Organizing information, Prioritizing, Problem solving, Research skills, Role playing, Self-assessment, Time management, Work collaboratively, Working in groups
JA Personal Finance® – Blended Model
JA Personal Finance – Blended Model demonstrates the relationship between financial decisions made now and future financial freedom and quality of life. Students learn that a positive financial future requires management strategies, including career exploration, budgeting, savings, wise use of credit, savvy shopping, consumer protection, and investment strategies. (Grades 9-12)
JA Personal Finance is a series of activities recommended for students in high school. The average time for each activity is 45 minutes and the program is delivered to students through an online Learning Management System (LMS).
To accommodate the variety of technology available in schools, a high-tech and low-tech version of each session is available. The program consists of eight sessions and offers two implementation options—Basic or Advanced.
- Basic implementation includes Sessions One through Five delivered by the volunteer.
- Advanced implementation includes Sessions One through Five delivered by the volunteer, and Sessions Six through Eight delivered by the teacher or volunteer
Benefits versus costs, budgeting, compound interest, consequences, cost of living, credit, credit card fraud, credit reporting and rating, debt, delayed gratification, earnings, education, expense tracking, financial management, identity theft, income, information mining, interest, investing, job skills, limited resources, liquidity, maximizing earnings, opportunity cost, pawnshop, payday loan, priorities, rent-to-own, return on investment, reward, risk, saving, savings plan, unlimited wants, variable and discretionary expenses.
Analyze and evaluate data from multiple sources, car buying, comparing results, comparison shopping, computer skills, create savings plan, critical thinking, decision making, disputing unauthorized charges on a credit card, estimating, evaluate the risk and reward of an opportunity, evaluating online resources, evaluating options, evaluating personal skills, grocery shopping, interpreting analogy, long-term planning, online research, personal inventory, planning, predicting outcomes, presentation skills, prioritizing, proactive planning, problem solving, recognizing scams and fraud, requesting and checking credit report, research, saving and investing, sorting, teamwork, tracking expenses, weighing costs and benefits.
JA Be Entrepreneurial®
Introduces students to the essential components of a practical business plan, and challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions. (Grades 9-12)
Advertisement, Business plan, Competitive advantages, Customer, Demographic, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial spirit, Ethical dilemma, Ethics, Financing, Franchise, Long- vs. short-term consequences, Management, Market, Market needs, Marketing, Nonprofit business, Product, Product development, Profit, Social entrepreneur, Social responsibility, Stakeholder, Voting
Analyzing information, Business planning, Categorizing data, Decision making, Evaluating alternatives, Expressing multiple viewpoints, Graphic presentation, Oral and written communication, Presenting information, Reading for understanding, Weighing consequences, Working in groups, Working in pairs
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. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions. (Grades 11-12)
Advantage, Demand, Economic systems, Exchange rates, Fiscal policy, Gross Domestic Product, Government, Global Economy, Income distribution, Inflation, International Trade, Investment, Labor, Markets, Opportunity costs, Productivity, Scarcity, Supply, Trade
Applying and classifying information, Critical thinking, Decision making, Giving reports, Graphing, Interpreting data, Leadership, Math computation, Public speaking, Reading, Research, Taking notes, Working in groups, Writing
JA Exploring Economics®
Fosters lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics. Seven required, volunteer-led sessions.
Banks as borrowers and lenders, Command economy, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Consumer purchasing power, Demand, Distribution, Economics, Economic isolationism, Economic systems, Federal Reserve System, Free-rider problem, Inflation, Inflation rate, International trade, Investing options, Market economy, Market-clearing price, Nonrivalry, Percentage change, Private property, Production, Public vs. private goods, Public vs. private sector, Regional trade, Risk versus reward, Saving options, Simple interest, Supply, Supply and demand, Tariff, Taxes, Trade restrictions, Utility, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), World trade
Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Charting, Decision making, Evaluating alternatives, Evaluating information, Graphing, Listening for understanding, Oral and written communication, Negotiating, Public speaking, Reading for understanding, Solving algebraic equations, Working in pairs and groups
JA Personal Finance®
Introduces students to the importance of planning for their financial future. The program demonstrates the roles that budgeting, investing, credit, and insurance play in securing financial stability. Students develop a portfolio of skills to make financial decisions and set financial goals throughout their lives. Five required, volunteer-led sessions.
Budgeting, Credit, Financial choices, Fraud, Goal-setting, Identity theft, Insurance, Investment, Pay yourself first, Saving, Spending
Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Decision making, Financial planning, Oral and written communication, Organization, Public speaking, Reading comprehension, Working in groups
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. Seven, volunteer-led sessions and one online simulation. (Grades 9-12)
Business, Capital, Capital investment, Cash flow, Competition, eCommerce, Inventory, Management, Marketing, Price, Production, Profit, Research and development, Risk, SupplySkills
Analyzing situations, Applying information, Charting data, Computer, Consensus-building, Critical thinking, Decision making, Giving reports, Interpreting data, Math computation, Reading, Teamwork
JA Stock Market Competition
Do today’s students have what it takes to succeed on Wall Street? Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts turns the MassMutual Center into the New York Stock Exchange and student teams participate in this high-tech, fast paced stock market simulation where the goal is to build the highest portfolio. This program typically happens in November with 650 student participants.
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Can today’s students run a viable business? JA enTEENpreneur Challenge tests students to find out, as they compete against one another for the best, most innovative, and best trade fair booth businesses.
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