“So… what did you learn at school today?”
It’s the question parents have been asking their kids forever. But if your child is lucky enough to be participating in a Junior Achievement program, the answer just might surprise you. Your first grader might be learning about a need versus a want (and which one he should spend his money on first!), or your high school student might be designing a business plan. Your fifth grader might be practicing interviewing for a job, or your seventh grader might be learning how the global economy impacts her daily life. You might also be surprised to hear that those lessons are coming from a volunteer from the community who is sharing their experiences in your child’s classroom.
Junior Achievement programs complement and enhance the school’s curriculum by providing a realistic and relevant view of the world beyond school. Our programs provide practical, engaging and informative activities that educate students about business and economics and help prepare them for fulfilling careers. Our programs are easily integrated into the school’s curriculum and help teachers meet state standards.
Each JA program is designed for a particular age group and introduces students to important concepts that increase their ability to succeed in the world around them. JA’s sequential and integrated kindergarten through twelfth grade programs help students use information, apply basic skills, think critically and solve complex problems.
Trained community volunteers deliver the curriculum and activities. Our volunteers challenge students to excel in school and make the activities come alive by sharing their personal experiences. Providing these positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.
And more importantly, our programs are fun. Whether they are building models, “manufacturing” donuts, starting a business, exploring careers, interviewing for jobs or competing with kids from around the world, JA connects with kids and reinforces that what they are learning in school is important.
Detailed Information about our programs by grade level can be found in the “Programs” section of our website.
Our programs offer youth an authentic look at business and economic concepts, career exploration and workforce skills. They examine a wide variety of important concepts, including why it is essential to stay in school, how businesses operate in a free enterprise system, exploration of diverse career options, mastery of workforce skills and personal financial management.