Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Through play-based learning and multimedia resources, students experience fundamental concepts that shape their attitudes towards money, work, and community. These concepts are the building blocks of JA’s education pathways.
JA Our Neighbors is a video series that focuses on foundational concepts related to earning and saving money, exploring different careers, and understanding entrepreneurship. Each video provides a combination of social and emotional learning, hands-on activities, and interesting conversations with guest co-hosts from the community to create an engaging learning experience.
JA in a Day is a high-impact experience that allows students to receive all of JA’s traditional elementary program lessons in one day (instead of 5 sessions) and earn their JA Certificate. Trained volunteer groups from the corporate and civic communities deliver the lessons to an entire school over the course of 4-5 hours. It’s an exciting day full of hands-on activities and fun discussions around financial literacy, career exploration, and entrepreneurship.
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a daylong visit to a JA simulated town— where students learn the fundamental relationship between academics and life beyond school. This experiential learning program allows students in grades five and six to learn about the flow of their community’s economy, financial literacy skills, and basic business practices.