JA Elementary School Learning Experiences

Junior Achievement’s unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. The impact is measurable, too. Students who participate in Junior Achievement programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts. We invite you to take a closer look at our Elementary School programs!

Elementary School Learning Experiences

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.

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten)

 

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Ourselves Program Brief
JA Ourselves Program Overview

JA Our Families 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our Families Program Brief
JA Our Families Program Overview

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game. Students learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Minimal
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Our Community Program Brief
JA Our Community Program Overview

JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. (Grade 3)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our City Program Brief
JA Our City Program Overview

JA Our Region 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our Region Program Brief
JA Our Region Program Overview

JA Our Nation provides practical information 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: Minimal
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Our Nation Program Brief
JA Our Nation Program Overview

JA More than Money provides a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA More than Money Program Brief
JA More than Money Program Overview

JA Career Speaker Series provides students with a guest speaker or video sharing information about his/her career, work, and education experience. (Grades K-12)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Minimal
  • Financial Literacy: Minimal
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Career Speaker Series Program Brief
JA Career Speaker Series Program Overview

JA BizTown introduces students to economics and business starting with four weeks of teacher-led classroom instruction, followed by a daylong, hands-on experience where students apply the learned concepts in a lifelike community at JA World. Students run various businesses, earn paychecks, open and manage bank accounts, and become full-fledged consumers making purchases at other student-run businesses. The program vividly illustrates the connection between hard work and tangible success while allowing students to gain firsthand understanding of their roles as citizens, consumers, and workers. (Grades 4-6)

  • Implementation: JA Capstone
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: High

JA BizTown Program Brief
JA BizTown Program Overview

Elementary School Learning Experiences

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.

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. (Kindergarten)

 

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Ourselves Program Brief
JA Ourselves Program Overview

JA Our Families 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our Families Program Brief
JA Our Families Program Overview

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game. Students learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy. (Grade 2)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Minimal
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Our Community Program Brief
JA Our Community Program Overview

JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. (Grade 3)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our City Program Brief
JA Our City Program Overview

JA Our Region 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: Moderate
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA Our Region Program Brief
JA Our Region Program Overview

JA Our Nation provides practical information 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)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Moderate
  • Financial Literacy: Minimal
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Our Nation Program Brief
JA Our Nation Program Overview

JA More than Money provides a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money. (Grades 3-5)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: Moderate

JA More than Money Program Brief
JA More than Money Program Overview

JA Career Speaker Series provides students with a guest speaker or video sharing information about his/her career, work, and education experience. (Grades K-12)

  • Implementation: Classroom Based
  • Entrepreneurship: Minimal
  • Financial Literacy: Minimal
  • Work Readiness: High

JA Career Speaker Series Program Brief
JA Career Speaker Series Program Overview

JA BizTown introduces students to economics and business starting with four weeks of teacher-led classroom instruction, followed by a daylong, hands-on experience where students apply the learned concepts in a lifelike community at JA World. Students run various businesses, earn paychecks, open and manage bank accounts, and become full-fledged consumers making purchases at other student-run businesses. The program vividly illustrates the connection between hard work and tangible success while allowing students to gain firsthand understanding of their roles as citizens, consumers, and workers. (Grades 4-6)

  • Implementation: JA Capstone
  • Entrepreneurship: High
  • Financial Literacy: High
  • Work Readiness: High

JA BizTown Program Brief
JA BizTown Program Overview

Contact our team to learn more!

Christy Kunz
Vice President – Education
christy.kunz@ja.org

Stacy Voelliger
Senior Education Manager
stacy.voelliger@ja.org

Nora Shook
Education Manager
nora.shook@ja.org

Melissa Rebro
JA World Program Director
melissa.rebro@ja.org

Christy Kunz
Vice President – Education
christy.kunz@ja.org

Stacy Voelliger
Senior Education Manager
stacy.voelliger@ja.org

Nora Shook
Education Manager
nora.shook@ja.org

Melissa Rebro
JA World Program Director
melissa.rebro@ja.org