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 the future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world. All programs are offered at no cost to schools.
Daniels Fund JA Dream Accelerator
This exciting new experience helps students realize their strengths and interests and how they align with a variety of career choices. After participating, students will be able to: discover how their goals, skills, and interests align with career opportunities; explore how their financial goals coincide with career and lifestyle choices; understand the value of an entrepreneurial mindset; improve their applied knowledge of capitalism and free enterprise; and leverage additional tools and resources to develop and pursue future education and career goals.
JA Finance Park®, presented by Transamerica
JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, is an innovative budgeting simulation that introduces young people to personal financial planning and career exploration. A new Advanced version of JA Finance Park Advanced allows high school students to have a more personal focus and to see the long-term impact of their education, savings, and credit decisions. Available as a field trip or virtual simulation.
“This entire program gives students the basic skills they will need day-to-day. They have learned about budgeting, using a credit card wisely, and the reality of being an adult. Seeing their reactions is eye-opening. Our students don’t learn this at home and this is the first and maybe only time they will get this.” – Laura Platt, Fort Logan Northgate
JA Stock Market Challenge™
The culmination of the JA Take Stock in Your Future lessons, students are immersed in a high-tech and fast-paced atmosphere in which they are challenged to build the largest stock portfolio as a team. Each 80 seconds in real life represent a full day of trading, adding to the excitement and urgency. Students get to practice what they learned about stocks, diversification, long-term investing, and the impact of world events on the stock market.
“This event teaches students that if you stick with something and you’re passionate and dedicated, the rewards will follow. You have a team and you aren’t in it alone. They learn that if they stick together and rely on their synergy, they’re going to come out as winners whether they get a trophy or not.” – Cassidy Montoya, Centennial High School
JA High School Heroes
JA High School Heroes provides leadership development opportunities to high school students who deliver JA programs in elementary schools.
JA Be Entrepreneurial®: Creative Problem Solving
A modular program that challenges students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in highs school and learn about the mindset and skills needed for success from real world entrepreneurs. Participating students may elect to enter JA USA’s Social Innovation Challenge in March for a chance at national recognition.
“JA Be Entrepreneurial provides students with real world knowledge and experiences of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs that came into my classroom worked with students on how to write a business plan, how to pitch the plan to potential investors, and how to obtain funding. The entrepreneurs also provided students with guidance and feedback during the process of writing their business plans. JA Be Entrepreneurial program provides students with real and hands-on learning.” -Lori Valdez, Mountain Range High School
JA Be Entrepreneurial®: Rapid Business Planning
A modular program that challenges students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in highs school and learn about the mindset and skills needed for success from real world entrepreneurs. In the Rapid Business Planning module, students learn about Lean Canvas, the strategic management template for developing business models. The business model canvas is an easy-to-understand, one-page business plan that is the foundation for fleshing out a business idea. Participating students may elect to enter JA USA’s Social Innovation Challenge in March for a chance at national recognition.
JA Be Entrepreneurial®: Think Like an Entrepreneur
A modular program that challenges students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in highs school and learn about the mindset and skills needed for success from real world entrepreneurs. In the Think Like an Entrepreneur module, students develop a mindset that enables opportunity identification, innovation, value creation, and problem solving. They learn the principles, strategies, and skills through the experiences of others and apply them to their own lives. Participating students may elect to enter JA USA’s Social Innovation Challenge in March for a chance at national recognition.
JA Explore Your Path, presented by Empower
JA Explore Your Path is designed to spark the interest of 9th and 10th grade students in careers and educational and employment opportunities. During this program, students will work to explore career paths and things to consider as they enter the workforce.
JA Personal Success™
Recommended for 11th and 12th grades. JA Personal Success prepares students for the job market by helping them to develop the personal success skills that will help them land and keep a job.
“It’s so important for the kids to see that their learning translates to real life. Tourism in Wyoming is one of the industries that continues to make money even when some of the other industries have a little bit of a downturn, but it can only succeed if we have a workforce, so we have to get people excited to come into the industry.” -Penny Fletcher, Little America Human Resources Manager
In an online simulation, students compete as CEOs in the phone industry, experiencing firsthand how an organization evaluates alternatives, makes decisions, analyzes the outcomes of those decisions, and then strategizes what to do next. As students make financial decisions about production, marketing, research and development (R&D), and corporate social responsibility (CSR), they begin to see how every choice made in an organization relates to its future success.
“I can’t tell you how effective it is to have a business professional come into the classroom and share their experiences with the students while applying the Junior Achievement Titan curriculum. Furthermore, the simulation keeps the students’ attention and creates a fun learning environment. Applying the real world to our business and marketing classes is a big goal of vocational education so that students are prepared for the business world.” – Carrie Medlock, Legacy High School
JA Take Stock in Your Future™
JA Take Stock in Your Future introduces high school students to the fundamentals of stocks, the impact of world events on the stock market, long-term investing, and how investors make investment decisions and diversify their portfolios. This program may be concluded with the JA Stock Market Challenge.
JA Career Speaker Series
JA Career Speakers Series gives students the opportunities to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business professionals or entrepreneurs.
JA Capitalism with a Conscience (Available in Northern CO and WY only)
JA Capitalism with a Conscience provides students the opportunity to learn about ethics from local business leaders while analyzing and offering solutions to real world ethical dilemmas.
“The case studies in the JA curriculum surfaced a lot of discussion around other things they were aware of; things they see in the news. A lot of the scenarios were technology and social media-related, because of course, that’s the world that they live in, but I thought it was fantastic that they took the themes of Capitalism with a Conscience and then you could see them apply it to their own observations and their own knowledge about what they see around them.” -Anna Ewing, JA Volunteer
JA Job Shadow (Available in Northern CO and WY only)
JA Job Shadow provides high school students with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a variety of exciting, impactful, and meaningful careers. The program introduces youth to high-growth professions and industries while providing a deeper understanding of critical skills they will need to be successful in the workplace, connecting academics to the real world.
JA All About Cars® (Available in Northern CO and WY only)
Buying one’s first car is both exciting and daunting. JA All About Cars introduces students to the essential costs related to buying and operating a first car and offers tips on being smart consumers when purchasing vehicles. In this volunteer-led session, students consider their needs and wants to make a real-world connection to the car-buying experience, motivating them to make good financial decisions when buying or leasing. This one-session program can be delivered as a stand-alone session or used in conjunction with another JA financial literacy program.