Dedicated to educating students in entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs
Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
Survey results prove that JA, at all levels, is preparing students to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur, and providing them the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. Click here for Junior Achievement Evaluation Results
JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
JA’s middle school programs for students in grades 6-8 include economics and business curricula and a capstone experience. The dynamic interaction between the volunteer and students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.
JA HIGH SCHOOL
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.
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN WESTERN MA
Our programs serve schools k-12 and organizations in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester Counties of Massachusetts, in addition to communities in Connecticut and Vermont.
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