What This Program Teaches:

Financial Literacy (50%)

Entrepreneurship (0%)

Work-Readiness (100%)

JA Our Community introduces students to the intersection of work readiness and early elementary grades social studies learning objectives, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:
Describe a community.
Identify the variety of careers people have in a community and how each job requires specific skills.
Identify how business and government jobs help a community.
Explain how taxation supports government services.
Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens act.
Describe the flow of money in a community’s economy.

Program Basics:
Includes a series of five sessions recommended for students in 2nd grade.
Average time for each session is 40 minutes.
Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.
Students develop a sense of career awareness and how all jobs help a community.
Session-specific, age-appropriate materials increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.  
Correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards, as well as to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

Program Concepts: ℹ️ Program Skills: ℹ️

Program Sessions

Session One: People in a Community Work Together
Students learn what a community is and the variety of careers that people have in a community.

Session Two: Sweet “O” Donuts
Students learn that workers who produce goods and services earn money for their work.

Session Three: Business and Government Jobs
Students locate businesses, pay taxes, and explore government careers.

Session Four: Let’s Vote
Students participate in decisions that benefit their school community. They vote to express their choice and to determine the will of the majority.

Session Five: Money Moves
Students learn about money and how it moves through a community.