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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.

Middle Grades Common Core Standards

JA Programs Correlated to MA State Standards

Social Studies Standards


JA Global Marketplace® – Blended Model

JA Global Marketplace – Blended Model gives students an opportunity to experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce by playing the role of business owners and managers at the international FreeTrade Market.

JA Global Marketplace is a series of activities recommended for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. 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 seven sessions and offers two implementation options—Basic or Advanced.

  • Basic implementation includes Sessions One through Six delivered by the volunteer.
  • Advanced implementation includes Sessions One through Six delivered by the volunteer and Session Seven delivered by the teacher or volunteer.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. JA programs also correlate to state standards in social studies, English, and mathematics, and to Common Core State Standards.

Business ethics, Career exploration, Communication, Cultural awareness in international business, Cultural norms, Culture, Currency, Educational and legal requirements, Exchange rate, Free trade, Immigration, Innovation, Interdependence, International careers, International trade, Migration, Product safety, Production, Quota, Resources, Standards, Subsidy, Tariff, Trade, Trade barriers, Trade embargo, Unethical.
Analyze charts and evaluate information, Analyze human behavior, Categorize data, Compare currency buying power, Decision making, Describe how need leads to innovation, Entrepreneurial thinking, Examine resources, Follow instructions, Identify positive and negative traits, Identify business responsibilities, Identify foreign currency, Identify international job requirements, Interpret charts and graphs, Learning a second language, Making customer-based product decisions, Negotiating, Reading a spreadsheet, Reading comprehension, Recognize and apply terms, Recognize consequences of trade barriers, Teamwork, Trading, Using a currency calculator

JA Economics for Success®

JA Economics for Success gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They also learn about spending money within a budget; saving and investing wisely; and using credit cautiously. It is composed of six 45-minute sessions (Grades 8-11).

Credit, Debt, Gross income, Insurance, Interest, Needs and wants, Net income, Opportunity cost, Risk, Self-knowledge, World of work

Critical thinking, Decision making, Following directions, Interpreting data, Math calculations, Oral and written communication, Role-playing, Self-assessment, Working in groups


JA Global Marketplace®

Provides practical information about the global economy and its effect on students’ lives. Six required, volunteer-led sessions.

Business practices, Culture, Currency, Domestic trade, Embargo, Emigrate, Entrepreneurship, Exchange rates, Exports, Franchise, Global trade, Human resources, Immigrate, International trade, Market, Productivity, Quota, Standard, Subsidy, Tariff, Technology, Trade, Trade barrier

Analyzing points of view, Brainstorming, Critical reading, Critical thinking, Gathering and organizing information, Interpreting maps, charts and globes, Math calculations, Oral and written communication, Persuasion, compromise, and bargaining, Working in groups

JA It’s My Future® – Blended Model

Provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. Following participation in the program, students will be able to: research potential careers, learn how to plan for and keep a job, and develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. It is composed of six sessions, volunteer led, each 45 minutes in length. The program is delivered online to students through the JA Learning Platform. (Grade 7).

Achievements, Attitude, Brand, Career, Career clusters, Career mapping, Career paths, Communication, Decline, Education level, High-growth careers, Interests, Job application, Job growth, Job hunting, Job interview, Job outlook, Logo, Making a good impression, Maps, Personal brand, Professionalism, Reference, Reputation, Skills, Soft skills, Tagline, Team work, Technical skills, Transferable skills, Work ethic

Analyze branding, Analyze charts and graphs, Analyze data from media, Applying cause and effect, Demonstrating cause and effect, Discussion, Evaluating and sorting options, Group discussion, Identifying personal skills, Identifying strengths and weaknesses, Informal presentation, Listening, Logical reasoning, Memory recall and matching, Note taking, Prediction, Read for understanding, Recognize patterns, Recognize vocabulary, Review results, Role-playing, Self-evaluation, Team work, Use art as self-expression



JA It’s My Business! ® – Blended Model

Provides middle school students an opportunity to experience the initial steps of a business startup. New program content provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students with each session building toward a product-pitch competition. It is composed of six 45-minute sessions that are volunteer-led. (Grades 7-8)”

Business, Charitable, Community-oriented, Consumer feedback, Design, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial characteristics, Funding, Innovation, Innovative, Investor, Market, Market Research, Need, Passionate, Persistent, Persuasive, Pitch, Presentation Visuals, Product, Product Sketches, Prototype, Risk-taker, Self-confident, Self-motivated, Service, Social entrepreneur, Socially responsible, Speaking skills, Story, Surveys, Target market, Team-player, Types of survey questions

Analyze an example performance, Analyze data from a variety of media sources, Applying terms, Brainstorming, Collect data, Communicating information through design, Creating a model, Creative thinking, Deduction and logical reasoning, Empathy, Evaluating alternatives, Group brainstorming, Group presentation, Group work, Labeling an illustration, Listening, Memory recall and matching, Presentation planning, Presenting ideas, Problem-solving, Processing data from media, Self-evaluation, Synthesize data, Team work

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