As high school students begin to position themselves for their futures, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world. Volunteers teaching high school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer Resources page.
JA Be Entrepreneurial
Through interactive classroom activities, JA Be Entrepreneurial focuses on challenging students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in high school. JA Be Entrepreneurial includes concepts of sustainability. This program is also offered in conjunction with the Carson J Spencer Foundation’s FIRE Within Program. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Unlike any camp, this unique program that allows students to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Denver’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a competition rivaled only by “Shark Tank.” Learn more at www.JABusinessWeek.org.
JA Career Success, presented by Suncor Energy
JA Career Success helps close the workforce skills gap, made possible through a grant from Accenture. It delivers both career exploration and work readiness skills through hands-on, interactive activities, and expands beyond classroom learning with the app JA Success Park. Note: this program combines concepts from JA Careers with a Purpose and JA Success Skills, which were retired. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Capitalism with a Conscience, presented by FirstBank (One classroom visit)
In this hands-on program, students discuss business ethics with local business executives. Executives support the students in creating and applying personal strategies for ethical dilemmas. JA Capitalism with a Conscience is designed to complement other JA programs and is offered to classes already participating in JA. Teachers, click here to register for this unique opportunity that will take place February through April. Business volunteers may not be available in all areas.
JA Company Program
Designed to foster a better understanding of businesses’ role in our society, this program challenges students to organize and operate an actual business enterprise. They not only learn how businesses function, but also about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Economics is a one-semester course that examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro- and international economics. JA Economics is a teacher-led course with student textbooks and study guides. This program requires an additional volunteer-led JA program. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Exploring Economics
JA Exploring Economics tackles a complex subject and makes it accessible and fun for high school students through hands-on activities. It teaches concepts such as supply and demand and inflation, as well as the effects which governments and the individual have on the global economy and on the price of a loaf of bread. JA Exploring Economics helps students better understand the impact they have on the economy as consumers and taxpayers, and teaches important personal financial lessons around spending, saving and investing. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Finance Park, presented by Empower Retirement
JA Finance Park takes students into the real world of finance in a four-week financial literacy education program that introduces personal financial planning and career exploration. It is designed to be taught to middle school students by classroom teachers (19 45-minute lessons). High school students also benefit through an abbreviated classroom curriculum (seven 45-minute lessons). For more information, visit the JA Finance Park webpage. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Going Global Advanced, presented by Comcast
JA Going Global presented by Comcast allows students to explore what companies evaluate when they consider international growth. Students serve as consultants to Comcast Xfinity. Working in teams, students investigate assigned international markets. Country teams develop expertise on their markets, complete complex comprehensive analyses, and make recommendations regarding global expansion. The program is appropriate for grades 10-12.
JA Job Shadow
JA Job Shadow prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work through a field trip to a local company. In addition to the “shadow” experience, students participate in three 45-minute, teacher-taught classroom lessons. Participating students acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces. Program Details
JA Personal Finance
This program introduces students to the importance of making wise financial choices. Students explore the role that money plays in achieving personal goals throughout life. They develop planning, goal-setting and thoughtful decision-making skills that will help them protect themselves from the unexpected financial pitfalls that plague so many adults. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Real Jobs in Colorado, presented by Xcel Energy
JA Real Jobs in Colorado guides young people through their career searching process from high school to post-secondary education to employment. JA Real Jobs’ goals are to motivate kids to “stay on the career exploration and training bus” until they reach their ideal job, while helping the region to meet its workforce needs. This program aligns with ICAP. Program Details
JA Stock Market Challenge, presented by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (fall semester) and Charles Schwab (spring semester)
The JA Stock Market Challenge educates students about investing and trading in the stock market in a hands-on, high-tech simulation of the New York Stock Exchange floor. Includes two volunteer-led classroom lessons titled JA Take Stock in Your Future. For program details, visit the webpage dedicated to the JA Stock Market Challenge student event.
JA Titan is an online business simulation/competition that introduces critical economics and management decisions. Note: Very limited volunteer availability. Program Details