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.

For Fall 2020, JA programs are available for digital implementation.

Classroom Programs

JA Be Entrepreneurial®
Students are challenged to start their own entrepreneurial ventures while still in high school and learn about the mindset and skills needed for success from real world entrepreneurs. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
“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 while analyzing and offering solutions to real world ethical dilemmas. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
“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 Speakers Series™
JA Career Speakers Series gives students the opportunities to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business professionals or entrepreneurs. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
JA Job Shadow®
JA Job Shadow provides high school students with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a variety of exciting, impactful, and meaningful careers. The program introduces youth to high-growth professions and industries while providing a deeper understanding of critical skills they will need to be successful in the workplace, connecting academics to the real world. This school year, JA is offering virtual job shadows, giving students the opportunity to explore the career of their choice via engaging videos.
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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
“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 compete as CEOs in the phone industry, experiencing firsthand how an organization evaluates alternatives, makes decisions, analyzes the outcomes of those decisions, and then strategizes what to do next. As students make financial decisions about production, marketing, research and development (R&D), and corporate social responsibility (CSR), they begin to see how every choice made in an organization relates to its future success. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
“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
JA Take Stock in Your Future™
JA Take Stock in Your Future introduces high school students to the stock market and the impact of global events on U.S. economy. The program includes multiple self-guided extension activities that engage students in deeper learning about the stock market and investing. This program may be concluded with the JA Stock Market Challenge. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.

Other Programs

JA Virtual Entrepreneur Summit Series
In partnership with Techstars, JA is offering a series of free virtual town hall style events for teens, featuring founders and CEOs of emerging companies doing innovative work.
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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
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. New this year, JA Finance Park Advanced allows high school students to have a more personal focus and to see the long-term impact of their education, savings, and credit decisions. Available for digital delivery only in the 20-21 school year.
“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 Stock Market Challenge™
Adapted for digital delivery in the 2020-2021 school year, JA Stock Market Challenge educates students about investing, trading, and the impact of news and events on stock performance in a real-world game-based app. A leaderboard within the app fuels friendly competition among students. JA Take Stock in Your Future curriculum is required for classes who would like to participate in the JA Stock Market Challenge simulation.
“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
Surrounded by the buzz of invention and creativity, students meet real-world innovators and learn all about starting a business. Junior Achievement (JA) and Young Americans Center for Financial Education (YA) partner with Denver Startup Week to offer exclusive opportunities for young people to join the entrepreneurial movement.
“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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