6th to 8th Grade Programs

The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world. Volunteers teaching middle school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer Resources page.

Econ for SuccessJA Economics for Success, presented by Great-West Financial
JA Economics for Success provides practical information about personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student’s skills, interests, and values.
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Global MarketplaceJA Global Marketplace
JA Global Marketplace provides practical information about the key aspects of the global economy, what makes world trade work and how trade affects students’ daily lives.
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It's my businessJA It’s My Business
JA It’s My Business encompasses entrepreneurship curriculum for students in grades six, seven and eight. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading and writing skills.
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It's My FutureJA It’s My Future
JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. Following participation in the program, students will be able to explore potential careers and develop personal branding.
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Finance ParkJA Finance Park, presented by Great-West Financial
JA Finance Park is an innovative financial literacy simulation that introduces young people to personal financial planning and career exploration. Through the program, students can participate in this powerful hands-on experience. Students first build their skills in the classroom with four weeks of teacher-led lessons; then they put what they’ve learned about economic options and budgeting into practice through a role-play scenario. Students will assume randomly generated life situations with an assigned job, age, marital status, income and educational background. They then face the realities of successfully developing a budget, maintaining a household and pursuing a career.
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