The middle grades programs build on concepts students learned in JA’s elementary school programs and 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 teaching middle school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer 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. Program Details

JA Economics for Success
JA Economics for Success explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests and values. Program Details |Standards Correlation

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. Program DetailsStandards Correlation

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. Program DetailsStandards Correlation

JA It’s My Business
(Offered 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. Program Details | Standards Correlation

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. | Program Details

Other Programs

JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica: Teacher-Led Sessions + Simulation
JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, is an innovative financial literacy simulation that introduces young people to personal financial planning and career exploration. Visit the JA Finance Park web page for program details and more information. | Standards Correlation

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. Program Details