JA complements the hard work and dedication of educators by helping young people make the connection between what they are learning in school and life after graduation. JA’s engaging hands-on activities make the concepts of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship relevant and meaningful to students. By bringing the real world into the classroom, JA volunteer role models open students’ minds to their potential and give them the confidence to dream big. Relevant JA programs not only align with Common Core standards, but also Colorado Department of Education (CDE) standards for social studies, math, reading, economics, history, civics, geography and personal financial literacy (PFL).

 Work Readiness Programs

JA’s K-12th grade work readiness programs advance youth, economic and educational development. Each program is taught by a volunteer who uses practical activities to prepare students for success in the global economy.

Elementary School

The goal of K-5th grade programs is to provide students with a set of personal behaviors and skills that are necessary to secure employment and increase earnings.

  • Concepts include: citizenship/government/taxes, employment/jobs, money/earning/income and decisions/independence.
  • Learning objectives: understanding the relationship between professionalism/soft skills and employment; understanding required/matching skill sets to specific jobs; career identification/decision making; and communication skills.

Middle School

The goal of 6th-8th grade programs is to help students understand the value of their personal strengths and how they align with careers.

  • Concepts include: culture of work/employment, career options, marketing/reputation and local/global competition.
  • Learning objectives: calculate pay, identify viable career paths, follow job descriptions and understand a marketing plan.

High School

The goal of 9th-12th grade programs is to provide students with the knowledge of and ability to organize personal characteristics and goals to match needs presented in the workplace.

  • Concepts include: management, ethics, high growth jobs, job retention and soft versus technical skills.
  • Learning objectives: select appropriate communication styles, rank in-demand job skills, identify soft and technical skills, understand the advantages/disadvantages between group and individual work.

Financial Literacy Programs

JA’s K-12th grade financial literacy programs advance youth, economic and educational development. Each program is taught by a volunteer who uses practical activities to teach students how to be self-sufficient and own their economic success.

Elementary School

The goal of K-5th grade programs is to provide students with a working knowledge of basic financial transactions, institutions and personal money management.

  • Concepts include: bartering, buying, selling, transactions, earning, savings, spending, wants, needs, institutions and banking.
  • Learning objectives: understanding basic banking processes/products, personal financial transactions, concepts of saving and spending and identifying the difference between wants and needs.

Middle School

The goal of 6th-8th grade programs is to provide students with knowledge ranging from household economics to transactions between nations.

  • Concepts include: credit transactions and ratings, net income and expenditures, budgets, wants and needs and currency and trade.
  • Learning objectives: explaining credit versus debit card use and abuse, identifying needs and wants, calculating personal net income and explaining credit ratings.

High School

The goal of 9th-12th grade programs is to teach students economic concepts and terms used by local and global enterprises. Students also learn about personal money management.

  • Concepts include: fraud and identity theft, investment, savings, spending, budgeting, insurance and personal financial goals.
  • Learning objectives: building and developing budgets (costs/planning), comparing public versus private companies and explaining taxes, trade and tariffs

 

Entrepreneurship Programs

JA’s K-12th grade entrepreneurship programs advance youth, economic and educational development. Each program is taught by a volunteer who uses practical activities to teach students how to understand business operations and embrace innovation.

Elementary School

The goal of K-5th grade programs is to provide students with the capacity to both understand and apply existing resources to perceived opportunities.

  • Concepts include: entrepreneurs, economic development, resources, scarcity, competition and opportunity.
  • Learning objectives: ability to apply basic financial information to specific situations, resource identification (human, capital, natural), competition and employment type identification (i.e. part-time, full-time).

Middle School

The goal of 6th-8th grade programs is to help students understand the ability to obtain, innovate and apply capital resources to perceived opportunities.

  • Concepts include: entrepreneurs, sector economic development, opportunity cost and risk.
  • Learning objectives: apply critical thinking to existing problems, calculate basic opportunity cost, identify a community need and complete an entrepreneur profile.

High School

The goal of 9th-12th grade programs is to teach students to identify business opportunities, and to understand the effort and resources necessary to start a new business.

  • Concepts include: business plan development, business ethics, intended/unintended consequences and product development.
  • Learning objectives: analyze a variety of data, demonstrate problem solving, assess pricing/forecasting and compare sector operations/performance.