Junior Achievement has several highly effective programs for middle grade and junior high school students that reinforce the value of education and teach students about the future economic benefits of staying in school. Students will be introduced to many economic concepts and useful facts about the working world. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world.
Junior Achievement K-12 Programs
The JA experience helps students better understand the importance of school as a means to becoming successful adults while challenging them to think about their own futures. Junior Achievement programs support and complement Common Core standards as well. Learn more about how JA correlates to state specific standards here.
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. The elementary school programs include six sequential themes for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. The six program themes also teach students that people assume roles as individuals, consumers, and workers in an expanding cultural environment that extends from the self and family to global relations.
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 their future, while fostering skills that will be highly useful in the business world. With a range of different programs, Junior Achievement teaches about concepts from microeconomics and macroeconomics to free enterprise. The volunteers bring real-life business experience and guidance into the classroom at a time that represents an essential crossroads for young people.