What This Program Teaches:
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With the JA Excellence through Ethics program, students will learn the importance of ethics and ethical decision making and how ethical and unethical choices affect everyone in a community. Along with a volunteer business professional, you will help students explore personal values, character development, and ethics while offering the opportunity to discuss related issues. The program’s aim is to show students that the adults around them value ethical behavior. Students need strong character qualities, including respect, fairness, and a positive attitude, to become self-disciplined lifelong learners at school, work, and beyond. As students will discover, character matters.
The JA Excellence through Ethics program is a 60- to 90-minute learning experience with additional optional activities that create an opportunity for volunteers to impact students’ lives. Volunteers will serve as role models sharing personal on-the-job experiences and information while leading the JA Excellence through Ethics program session. Optional choice activities may take more time if the teacher and the volunteer choose to implement them.
JA Excellence through Ethics is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and recommended for middle and high school students.
Students are introduced to the concept of ethics, participate in a demonstration of why ethics are important to discuss, examine their core values, and explore how we are all interdependent on the choices we each make. Then students are given a process to use when faced with an ethical dilemma. The total time for the session is approximately 60–90 minutes. Optional activities will add more time if you choose to use them.
Define ethics, ethical dilemma, values, core values, and interdependence.
Articulate how one’s core values affects one’s choices.
Articulate and identify the steps necessary to make ethical decisions.
Recognize that individual ethics affect the greater community.
(Optional) Reflection Session
Students will reflect and discuss what they’ve learning after interacting with the volunteer, a local business professional who articulated how and why professionals make ethical choices and decisions regarding relationships, the work environment, and life. The session will take approximately 45 minutes.
Apply key terms and concepts used in the volunteer-led activities.
Use intentional, ethical decision-making skills to consider outcomes and consequences of choices.
Self-examine to develop a personal awareness of values to begin to see the connection between their words and actions.
Online Resources from Junior Achievement USA
Have students log on to the JA sites to learn more about ethics.
The Debate Team
Have students debate about a ethical dilemma.