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.

For 2020-2021, JA programs are available for digital implementation.

Classroom Programs

JA Career Speakers Series™
JA Career Speakers Series gives students the opportunity to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business professionals or entrepreneurs. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
“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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
JA Global Marketplace®
JA Global Marketplace introduces students to how the global economy works and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Students gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market. Available for digital delivery in the 2020-2021 school year.
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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.
JA Job Shadow® (Available for 8th Grade)
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 It’s My Business®
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. Available for digital delivery in the 20-21 school year.

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. Available as a virtual program 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 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 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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2019-2020 School Year

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