As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead.
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.
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.
In recent years, JA has expanded its JA Intensive programs. These programs offer more contact hours, unique program structures, and smaller classroom sizes to older students. At present, JA offers three Intensive programs:
JA Entrepreneurial Academy is a 15-week afterschool program. The program uses the JA Company™ curriculum and brings urban and suburban high school students together at a corporate site to form companies and gain skills in entrepreneurism, leadership, teamwork, ethics, and career development.
JA Global Connection is a two-year student exchange program for Connecticut and Chinese high school students which provides engaging, academically challenging, and experiential learning sessions that focus on American and Chinese business, innovation, entrepreneurism, ethics, and leadership.
JA Career Connections for Young Women was piloted in 2015. The 8-week program prepares and inspires teenage girls to focus on careers, professional goals, and financial responsibility. The program provides these young women with a clear understanding of their potential and a powerful vision of who they can become in the future.
Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and fosters skills that will be highly useful in the business world. The high school curriculum include:
JA Be Entrepreneurial™ (Grades 9-12) challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transition from being students to productive, contributing members of society.
JA Career Success™ (Grades 9-12) equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also will learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques.
JA Company Program™ (Grades 9-12), the latest evolution of Junior Achievement’s legacy program, allows students to learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard work of entrepreneurship as they operate a student-led company. Students will be able to apply their newfound skills to their education and future careers.
JA Economics™ (Grades 11-12) reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. It also introduces students to consumer issues, such as saving, investing, and taxation.
JA Exploring Economics™ (Grades 9-12) uses hands-on activities to explain complex economic concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production, distribution and consumption of goods. It gives insight into the effect governments and individuals have on the global economy— and on the price of a loaf of bread.
JA Job Shadow™ (Grades 9-12) prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace hosts. Students learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job.
JA Personal Finance™ (Grades 9-12) explores the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, saving and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving. Students apply these elements to a personal financial plan that allows them to set specific goals for their lifelong financial needs and desired quality of life.
JA Titan™ (Grades 9-12) allows students to operate a virtual company through a Web-based simulation. The students’ success depends on decisions about their product’s price and their company’s marketing, research and development, and business practices. Win or lose, students gain an understanding of how management decisions affect a company’s bottom line.
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.