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 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 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. Program Details
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 Personal Success
JA Personal Success prepares students for the job market by teaching the personal success skills that will help them land and keep a job. The program covers the following key topics: the top 10 characteristics and skills employers look for in new hires; how to develop a personal brand that will lead to getting hired; steps of the hiring process; best practices for completing a job application, and the job interview—one-on-one mock job interviews with each student. The program is taught in five 45-minute lessons, with two additional lessons that are optional (social media and resume writing). Program content correlates well to state college and career readiness standards.
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