JA Programs Highlight

What are the skills that young people need to master today? For years, math and reading have been at the forefront, however, there are even more fundamental skills that should be part of a student’s well-rounded education: financial literacy; career readiness; and entrepreneurship. Today, we highlight one program from each of our elementary, middle, and high school levels!


JA More than Money is a 5-session program that is designed for the largest elementary age range – 3rd-5th grades. Available virtually or in-person, this program introduces students to skills such as money-management and understanding the market of goods and services. Through hands-on activities and a compelling cast of JA characters, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money.


Where can middle school students engage in the real-life experience of creating and maintaining a personal budget? Our most popular middle grade program, JA Finance Park – Virtual utilizes an online platform where students virtually visit the storefronts of real businesses such as Alaska Airlines, Allstate Insurance, Chick-fil-A, Walmart, and more. They receive a life scenario, create their own personal budget, and craft an exciting personal and professional future.


Learning about different career paths and fields of work is an important part of forging a high school student’s future. Our video series of Career Speakers is easy to fit into any schedule and features JA volunteers from all different career backgrounds and professions. This program helps high school students think about the work they might like to do in the future and what steps they can take now in school to achieve their career goals.

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