The following supplements are available to JA Areas, teachers, volunteers and parents for use with all JA programming to extend and enhance the JA experience for students. These supplements provide students with additional information, learning opportunities, and experiences that support their understanding of JA's curriculum.
Junior Achievement, in cooperation with the Social Science Education Consortium, has developed 12 "Economic Investigations" designed to help High School students achieve a deeper understanding of current economic issues. Each investigation:
- Provides a classroom orientation to explore economic concepts similar to the type of experience students would encounter in a laboratory science course.
- Reinforces the development of quantitative skills by bringing economic concepts to life through the use of real situations.
- Focuses on intriguing economics questions designed to spark student and teacher interest.
This program supplement contains lessons focusing specifically on decision-making, business ethics vs. personal ethics, and facing difficult decisions with honor, among others.
JA Access Your Future is an app that helps teens, their parents and teachers break down the cost of achieving young people's career goals into real, easy-to-understand numbers.
Created jointly by Junior Achievement USA and PwC, JA Access Your Future helps teens explore potential future income from a desired career and evaluate the cost of post-secondary education to help them make informed decisions.
In JA Access Your Future, teens can assess more than 100 careers, see what levels of education are required, then calculate the cost of education. Teens can then adjust the level of money they and their parents may contribute, combined with student loans they may need to secure. At the end of the exercise, teens are given a Return on Investment (ROI) score between 1 and 5. The score helps teens and their parents create a roadmap for success that will take them from choosing a career to calculating the cost of achieving it.
JA Assembling Your Career helps provide middle school and high school students with practical information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers and ways students can prepare for these careers while still in school.
JA Connect Learning Pathways is Junior Achievement’s first self-guided student experience, featuring a flexible, modular repository of activities related to work and career readiness. The online activities give students an opportunity to acquire knowledge and to apply and practice new skills and behaviors inside or outside of the classroom. The content is relevant to JA Career Success® and other JA programs in the Work and Career Readiness Pathway, and extends or enhances classroom content. The self-guided activities can also be used independent from a JA program.
JA Influencer is a resource for educators to discuss topical subjects on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship with students. Designed with high school students in mind, the JA Influencer white paper and discussion guide dive into current events to prompt conversation and learning.
JA Searching for Savings is a supplemental activity that seeks to help middle grades students see the value in online tools that help save money. Following participation in the supplement, students will be able to decipher the value of coupons in an overall budget.
The Junior Achievement Budget Sheet provides students with the opportunity to track their income and spending throughout the month.
Students are also encouraged to share their long-term and short-term goals in order to budget for the future.
We know it can be tough to speak to or teach your kids about money-management issues. We hope that you find these lessons helpful with those conversations!
Diane Dang, Assistant Principal
"I saw the passion in their learning, & how it changed their lives & thinking of the world around them. I love JA!!!"
Finance Park Student
"Before JA Finance Park this stuff seemed impossible. Now it (financial independence) is in reach."
JA Finance Park Volunteer
"[The benefit of participating was] knowing I’m providing a better understanding of what adult life will be like."
Jay Calhoun, JA Alumni & JA Tulsa Board Member
"JA provided a solid foundation in leadership, economics and entrepreneurship as tools to achieve my goals."
"Junior Achievement taught me that everyone can be successful if you really work hard."