The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future.

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.

The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world. Our middle school curriculum includes:

JA Economics for Success (Grades 6-8) Lays bare for students the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.Following participation in the program, students will be able to explore their skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions. The program also will expand their knowledge of personal finance—including smart budgeting, wise credit use, and minimizing financial risk—so they can apply strong financial management skills regardless of their income.

JA Global Marketplace (Grades 6-8) is designed to provide practical information about the key aspects of the global economy, what makes world trade work, and how trade affects students’ daily lives.

JA It’s My Business! (Grades 6-8) encourages students to use entrepreneurial thinking as they explore higher education and career choices. Students participate in fun, challenging activities such as an entrepreneurial quiz game, completing a blueprint for a teen club, participating in an auction of businesses, and creating entrepreneur profile cards.

JA It’s My Future (Grades 6-8) offers practical information about preparing for the working world. Students explore potential careers, discover the four factors to consider in choosing a career, and recognize basic job-hunting tools.

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.