JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and Capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics. Availability for the live, virtual versions of each program is noted below. Condensed, pre-recorded sessions available upon request.

JA BizTown® 

Available for virtual classroom November 2020. Combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. (Grades 4-6)

Virtual JA Career Speaker 

Learning about different career paths and fields of work is an important part of forging a student’s future. Our videos are all volunteer-submitted and come from all walks of career life. These videos help 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. 

JA More than Money® 

Virtual option now available! Introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and 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, students learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5)

JA Our City® 

Virtual option now available! Introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. (Grade 3)

JA Our Region® 

Virtual option now available! 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. (Grade 4)

JA Our Nation® 

Virtual option now available! Teaches 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. (Grade 5)

JA Ourselves® 

Available for virtual classroom January 2021. Uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.(Kindergarten)

JA Our Families® 

Available for virtual classroom January 2021. 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. (Grade 1)

JA Our Community® 

Available for virtual classroom January 2021. Uses posters and games to teach about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)