JA’s elementary school programs form the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.

JA in a Day Format

What is "JA in a Day"
A high impact way to deliver JA’s lessons for a particular grade level all in the same day. Some schools choose to have every grade receive JA programming on the same day. “JA in a Day” is a unique opportunity as it offers volunteers a great opportunity to get involved with Junior Achievement without juggling schedule conflicts or long-term commitments.

What do volunteers do?
The volunteers participate in a training session (on-site at your location or at our office) prior to the event where they will obtain their classroom materials and teacher assignments. On the day of the event, volunteers conduct the lessons in the assigned classrooms.

What is the role of the teacher?
During the event, teachers are present in the classroom at all times to partner with the volunteers, help maintain discipline and answer any of the volunteer's questions.

What is JA staff’s role?
JA staff plans and coordinates the day and is at the school to help if needed.

How much of a time commitment?
Usually 4.5 hours. Volunteers arrive at the school around 8:30-9:00 a.m. and begin lessons. Typically, volunteers are done between 1 and 2 p.m.

What about lunch?
JA provides lunch for all volunteers and teachers.

JA Traditional Format

What is "Traditional"?
A traditional class is when our programs are taught through a series of 5 to 12 visits to the classroom. The number of visits depends on the grade level. The volunteer and classroom teacher work together to schedule the visits. Schedules are based on the flexibility and availability of the teacher and the volunteer.

What do volunteers do?
The volunteers participate in a training session (on-site at your location or at our office) prior to the program start date where they will obtain their classroom materials. Volunteers commit to the 5 to 12 dates and the agreed upon times that are needed to complete the program.

What is the role of the teacher?
During the program, teachers are present in the classroom at all times to partner with the volunteers, help maintain discipline and answer any of the volunteer's questions.

What is JA staff’s role?
A JA staff member plans and coordinates the program.

How much of a time commitment?
Between 5 and 12 class periods. Class periods average one hour.

JA Afterschool Format

JA Afterschool presents unique opportunities for both schools and nonprofit organizations to enhance their afterschool curriculum. JA works to provide valuable lessons after the school day is over.

Depending on the setting, JA either recruits and trains volunteers or trains the afterschool staff at the particular site to implement JA curriculum. JA programming becomes part of the partnering organizations' curriculum model for the five to eight weeks during which JA programs are conducted on-site.

Among the new collaborations launched in 2012-13 was one with the Nutmeg Big Brothers/ Big Sisters in Windham. More than 125 elementary and middle grades students learned the basics of managing money and running a business using the “JA It’s My Business” and the “JA More than Money” programs.

Beyond School

The Beyond School format provides students with opportunities to have rich experiences outside of school walls. Whether it is a job-shadow program at a local corporation or a conference at a university, students not only gain important economic knowledge, but also get to experience the world of work and the world of higher education.

The Beyond School programs include job shadows for high school students at companies such as ING in Windsor, Comcast in Berlin, AT&T in New Haven and NBC Connecticut in West Hartford. JA also offers conferences for fifth graders at Aetna, for middle-grades students at The Hartford and Gateway Community College, and for high school students at Central Connecticut State University and The University of Connecticut School of Business.

JA Ourselves® (Kindergarten) JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.

JA Our Families® (1st Grade) JA Our Families explains how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families.

JA Our Community® (2nd Grade) JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy.

JA Our City® (3rd Grade) JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students will apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts.

JA Our Region® (4th Grade) JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and to track the revenue and expenses of a business.

JA Our Nation® (5th Grade) JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program’s end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter.

JA More Than Money® (Grades 3-5) JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.