Middle School Programs

JA’s middle school programs build on concepts students learned in JA’s elementary school programs, and they help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their future. These programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world. All programs are offered at no cost to schools.

Volunteers presenting middle school programs can find helpful tips on our Classroom Resources page.

Classroom Programs

JA Career Speaker Series, presented by Deloitte
JA Career Speakers Series, presented by Deloitte, gives students the opportunity to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business professionals or entrepreneurs.
“For them to see that there is life beyond the classroom–and that what they’re learning connects them to the future–makes it real.” – Amy Rahne, Newton Middle School
JA Economics for Success
JA Economics for Success explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests and values.
JA Global Marketplace
JA Global Marketplace introduces middle school students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Through completion of this program, students gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market. Requires use of classroom technology.
JA It’s My Future
JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. Following participation in the program, students will be able to explore potential careers and develop personal branding. Requires use of classroom technology.
JA It’s My Business (Offered in Northern Colorado and Wyoming only)
JA It’s My Business provides the opportunity to learn how to turn an idea into a business. The program introduces students to the process of design thinking as a problem-solving process and provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students with each session building toward a product-pitch competition.
JA Start It Up
JA Start It Up immerses students in the world of business by challenging them to develop a proposal for a new flavor concept of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn, targeted for a market of their peers. Guided by a volunteer, students work together in teams to practice entrepreneurial thinking and experience the creativity, sense of accomplishment and excitement that comes with solving a real-world business challenge.
“The students really enjoy learning about advertising, creating ads, learning about companies, and practicing their presentations skills. This is a great program. We truly love it and find it very valuable for our students.” – Kelli Crawford, Roxborough Intermediate

Other Programs

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 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.

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