JA Economics for Success®

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Middle School
Implementation:
Classroom Based
After School
Virtual

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Economics for Success reveals the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- Explore their skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions.
-- Develop their knowledge of personal finance to apply strong financial-management skills regardless of income.

JA Economics for Success is part of the JA Financial Literacy and JA Work and Career Readiness Pathways and is recommended for middle school students (grades 6-8). This volunteer-led, kit-based program is available for classroom-based and remote classroom implementation. It includes six 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this program, to utilize the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at connect.ja.org. This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book, games and apps for student use.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Budget, credit, credit card, credit score, co-pay insurance, debit card, decision making, deductible, goal setting, gross income, higher education, interest, interests, needs and wants, net income, opportunity cost, policy, premium, risk, self-knowledge, skills, values, world of work

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyzing information
  • Critical-thinking
  • Inquiry and critical thinking skills
  • Interpreting data
  • Math calculations
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Reading for understanding
  • Self-assessment
  • Working in groups and pairs presentation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Organizing information
  • Reading for understanding

Virtual Implementation

Remote classroom implementation is available for JA Economics for Success.

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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