To help students learn the economic fundamentals so important to their future, Junior Achievement’s elementary, middle school, and high school programs offer students a solid foundation in workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.
Through JA’s age-appropriate experiential and student-centered learning curricula, students gain a variety of skills and concepts that help them understand the economics of life and inspire and prepare them to succeed in a global economy.
The strength of Junior Achievement is that through its partnership with business and educators, the programming uses hands-on experiences and a sophisticated approach to learning. Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through twelfth-grade programs integrates quality economic education materials with the real-life experiences of volunteers who make education and economics relevant.
With the support of positive adult role models who volunteer their time, Junior Achievement enables young consumers to understand business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and work readiness.
Using a prepared kit of sequential lesson guides, discussion points, activity materials, and follow-up discussion opportunities, volunteers visit the classroom at scheduled times and provide specific opportunities for the students to learn by doing. At each step, the volunteers stress the necessity for students to develop their personal levels of education, skills, and aptitudes, thereby enabling students to understand their potential for future success in the global economy.
The programs also encourage confidence and motivate young people to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. These learning experiences establish the foundation upon which today’s students can acquire the skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed in a fast-changing world.