High School Programs

4-in-5 of JA alumni report Junior Achievement played an important role in choosing their career path.

Based on a 2020 survey of a scientifically valid sample of 1,002 individuals.

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As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about the future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world.

Classroom Programs

JA Be Entrepreneurial
JA Be Entrepreneurial challenges students to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in high school through interactive activities.
“JA Be Entrepreneurial provides students with real world knowledge and experiences of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs that came into my classroom worked with students on how to write a business plan, how to pitch the plan to potential investors, and how to obtain funding. The entrepreneurs also provided students with guidance and feedback during the process of writing their business plans. JA Be Entrepreneurial program provides students with real and hands-on learning.” -Lori Valdez, Mountain Range High School
JA Capitalism with a Conscience
JA Capitalism with a Conscience provides students the opportunity to learn about ethics from local business leaders and work in groups to offer solutions to ethical dilemmas.
“The case studies in the JA curriculum surfaced a lot of discussion around other things they were aware of; things they see in the news. A lot of the scenarios were technology and social media-related, because of course, that’s the world that they live in, but I thought it was fantastic that they took the themes of Capitalism with a Conscience and then you could see them apply it to their own observations and their own knowledge about what they see around them.” -Anna Ewing, JA Volunteer
JA Career Speaker Series, presented by Deloitte
JA Career Speaker Series, presented by Deloitte, gives students the opportunities to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business professionals or entrepreneurs.
 JA Career Success
Recommended for 9th and 10th grades. JA Career Success equips students with the tools and skills required by employers to get and keep a job in the 21st century, high-demand career industries.
JA Economics
JA Economics examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, personal and international economies. Teachers implement daily lessons in the classroom and a volunteer makes five to seven visits.
“Junior Achievement offers my students the chance to learn about economics in a way that is relevant and engaging. The JA Economics curriculum is easy to access for all my students and allows me to adapt for students who need more challenge and those who need support. The use of volunteers from the community adds a real-life element for my students as well. They talk to my students about real job issues, personal finance topics, and current events. Consistently, my students want to know more from the volunteers that come and ask great questions. I have become a better economics teacher because of this program, and my students have become better thinkers because of the opportunities provided through Junior Achievement.” – Amy Montague, Castle View High School
JA Launch Lesson
JA Launch Lesson is a point-of-entry program delivered by community entrepreneurs. Students gain firsthand knowledge about starting a business and the entrepreneurial journey.
JA Personal Finance
JA Personal Finance introduces students to the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, savings and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. Five sessions are led by a volunteer, three are led by the teacher. Requires use of classroom technology.
JA Personal Success, presented by Western Union
Recommended for 11th and 12th grades. JA Personal Success, presented by Western Union, prepares students for the job market by helping them to develop the personal success skills that will help them land and keep a job. JA Personal Success is also available with a hospitality and tourism focus.
“It’s so important for the kids to see that their learning translates to real life. Tourism in Wyoming is one of the industries that continues to make money even when some of the other industries have a little bit of a downturn, but it can only succeed if we have a workforce, so we have to get people excited to come into the industry.” -Penny Fletcher, Little America Human Resources Manager
JA Titan, presented by Janus Henderson
In an online simulation/competition, students make decisions about price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research development for fictional companies, discovering the impact each has on a company’s success or failure.
“I can’t tell you how effective it is to have a business professional come into the classroom and share their experiences with the students while applying the Junior Achievement Titan curriculum. Furthermore, the simulation keeps the students’ attention and creates a fun learning environment. Applying the real world to our business and marketing classes is a big goal of vocational education so that students are prepared for the business world.” – Carrie Medlock, Legacy High School

Other Programs

JA Business Week
JA Business Week is a fun, week-long summer camp for high school students to learn from local business leaders how to develop solutions to real world challenges, work in a team, network with others, create a business plan, and pitch to “investors” in a Shark Tank-style competition.
“Because of this program I have a better understanding of how the business world works and what I need to accomplish to be successful. This experience has kick started my mind into the career I’m heading to.” – JA Business Week Student
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.
JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica
JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, is an innovative budgeting simulation that introduces young people to personal financial planning and career exploration. Also available virtually.
“This entire program gives students the basic skills they will need day-to-day. They have learned about budgeting, using a credit card wisely, and the reality of being an adult. Seeing their reactions is eye-opening. Our students don’t learn this at home and this is the first and maybe only time they will get this.” – Laura Platt, Fort Logan Northgate
JA High School Leaders
The JA High School Leaders program, a service learning opportunity, engages high school students as JA volunteers. High school students are tremendous role models for kindergarten through fifth grade students from neighboring schools.
“It gives them an opportunity to stand in front of a full group of students and be in a leadership role, learning how to engage a group, get people excited about a passion or cause, and bring people on board.” – Juliette Forbes, Silver Creek Leadership Academy
JA Job Shadow
JA Job Shadow connects students with businesses in industries such as energy, engineering, and health care, allowing them to explore business operations and connect with employees. STEM job shadows are also available.
“Our JA Job Shadow stands among the top events of our entire school year. The students are still talking about it, and many seniors have decided to pursue higher education based on the information they received during the field trip. I received multiple emails from parents explaining that their student had not been that excited about a school event since field day in elementary! It really brought our classroom curriculum into a real world focus.” – Courtney Tanguma, Ponderosa High School
JA Stock Market Challenge
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.
“This event teaches students that if you stick with something and you’re passionate and dedicated, the rewards will follow. You have a team and you aren’t in it alone. They learn that if they stick together and rely on their synergy, they’re going to come out as winners whether they get a trophy or not.” – Cassidy Montoya, Centennial High School
Denver Startup Week Youth Pass – Early Access: 1 Day
Guided by local business leaders, the Youth Pass – Early Access allows high school students a chance to participate in two or three of Denver Startup Week’s most popular sessions, plus special sessions designed just for them.
“Not everybody might have the mentorship from parents, family or friends who might be able to provide this kind of guidance, so I think this is a great opportunity for them to hear from professionals and other individuals in the community who can really be an influence for them as they grow and learn.” -Kate Krumm, JA Volunteer

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