JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of our K-12 curricula. Through interactive activities focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness, students develop new skills that prepare them for secondary school and lifelong learning. Each program involves four to five lessons of 30 to 45 minutes each. All programs are offered at no cost to schools.

Volunteers teaching JA elementary school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer Resources page.

JA OurselvesKindergarten
JA Ourselves discusses the role of families in the local economy. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. Program Details | Standards Correlation

JA Our Families1st Grade
JA Our Families discusses the role of families in the local economy. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families. Program Details | Standards Correlation

2nd Grade
JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. Program Details |Standards Correlation

JA Our City3rd Grade
JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching introduces students to financial literacy, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by designing and constructing a pop-up business. Engaging music videos enhance each lesson. Program Details |Standards Correlation

JA Our Region4th Grade
JA Our Region, presented by Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, introduces the relationship between the natural, human and capital resources found in different regions, and explores regional businesses that produce goods and services. Students operate a hypothetical business to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner. Program Details|Standards Correlation

JA Our Nation5th Grade
JA Our Nation, presented by Xcel Energy Foundation, provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program’s end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter. Program Details |Standards Correlation

JA More Than Money3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
JA More Than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Students learn how to manage money and start a business. Program Details |Standards Correlation

 

JA Career Exploration Fair
(Offered in Northern Colorado and Wyoming only)
JA Career Exploration Fair 
is an event where students learn about a range of career options across multiple career clusters. Volunteer share information about their businesses and/or jobs and students as questions as the speakers or students rotate from station to station. Program Details