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JA Company Program®

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.

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.

Concepts
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
 
Skills
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.

Concepts
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.

Common Core Standards for JA Job Shadow