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. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Business Week
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
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.
JA Company Program (13 meetings)
The JA Company Program unlocks the innate ability in students to solve a problem or fill a need in their community through an entrepreneurial spirit. The program is available for both in-school or after-school implementation, and may be completed during one-semester or throughout an entire school year. 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: ELA | Standards Correlation: Math
JA Exploring Economics
By making economics engaging and relatable, JA Exploring Economics helps students better understand the impact they have on the economy as consumers and taxpayers, and it teaches important personal financial lessons about spending, saving, and investing. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica
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. High school students also benefit through an abbreviated classroom curriculum. For more information, visit the JA Finance Park webpage. Program Details | Standards Correlation
JA STEM Job Shadow
The JA STEM Job Shadow provides students with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the exciting, impactful, and meaningful work that a career in STEM can provide. The program introduces students to high-growth professions and industries, while providing a deeper understanding of critical skills that are needed to be successful in the workplace. After completing a single classroom-based prep session, groups of high school students will spend a half-day at the company’s workplace with a group of employees who are in STEM careers. Watch an example of students shadowing employees from the company Slalom.
JA Launch Lesson (One classroom visit)
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. 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, presented by Western Union
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 six 45-minute lessons. Program content correlates well to state college and career readiness standards.
JA Stock Market Challenge
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
JA Creativity at Work, presented by Cherry Arts
In partnership with CherryArts, JA-Rocky Mountain developed this program to help high school students learn how to turn their passion for the arts into profit. Through a project based learning model, students work in teams to explore careers in the arts and practice the skills that lead to business success. Program Details