The middle grade programs build on concepts the students learned in JA’s elementary school curriculum and help pre-teens make decisions on how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world. Availability for the virtual versions of each program is noted below.

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.  (Grade 6)

JA Finance Park® 

Available for virtual classrooms now! A month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a realistic on-site or virtual community, to put into practice what they’ve learned by developing and committing to a personal budget. (Grades 7-12)

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 Job Shadow

Prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers. Students will get to tour a company either virtually or in-person and learn all about the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces.

JA Economics for Success® 

Available for virtual classrooms now! Lays bare for students the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly. 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 will also expand their knowledge of personal finance so they can apply strong financial management skills regardless of their income. Opportunity to learn this lesson via our Corporate Partner Virtual Workshops! (Grades 6-8)

JA It’s My Business® 

Available for virtual classrooms now! Provides students an opportunity to experience the initial steps necessary to start a business. New program content provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students, with each session building up to a product-pitch competition. (Grades 6-8)

JA Global Marketplace® 

Available for virtual classrooms now! Introduces students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. With completion of this program, students will gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market. (Grades 6-8)

JA It’s My Future® 

Available for virtual classrooms now! Offers middle school students practical information to help prepare them for the working world. Students will develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. (Grades 6-8)