There is no more important a time to reinforce the skills that Junior Achievement® teaches than during a student's high school years, immediately before they take their first steps toward their own American Dream. Junior Achievement® of Greater Washington offers a number in-classroom programs at the high school level, as well as the impactful JA Job Shadow™ experience, where students get the opportunity to visit a workplace and discover more about a possible career path.
JA Personal Finance - Blended Model demonstrates the relationship between financial decisions made now and future financial freedom and quality of life. Students learn that a positive financial future requires management strategies, including career exploration, budgeting, savings, wise use of credit, savvy shopping, consumer protection, and investment strategies.
JA Economics reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions.
The program also introduces students to career opportunities and consumer issues, and it helps reinforce important academic and leadership skills, including research and data analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.
Workplace skills such as decision-making, analyzing information, weighing consequences, oral and written communication and working in groups are at the core of JA Be Entrepreneurial, which challenges students to launch their own mock business while still in high school. Through activating concepts such as business ethics, customer demographics and market need, business planning and social responsibility, students begin to embrace their role as current and future productive, contributing members of society.
Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking – essential skills required in today’s competitive workplace – form the foundation of the JA Career Success curriculum for high-schoolers. Focusing on careers in high growth industries, JA Career Success delves into the concepts of employer expectations, conflict management, goal-setting, problem solving and building an interpersonal skill set to equip students with knowledge of the tools and skills required to earn and keep jobs in STEM and other expanding fields.
With the support and guidance of local business volunteer consultants, JA Company Program immerses high school students in the business of running a business. By tasking them with the development, organization and physical operation of an actual company, this hands-on program builds students’ understanding of the free-enterprise system and its benefits as well as appreciation for the skills required for effective leadership and collaboration.
Providng students with the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the world of work is a critical component of their initiation to the business world. During a half-day immersion with employers from a wide range of industries, professions and trades, students participating in Job Shadow are able to make a more effective connection between what the relevance of their academic journey to the careers they might wish to pursue.
Recognizing and applying the fundamentals of money management is the focus of JA Personal Finance for high school students. Through developing budgets and savings plans, students analyze major life events and issues that have financial implications, set goals for their short- and long-term needs, understand the outcomes of wise and poor use of credit and learn how to protect their personal finances.