At the middle school level, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington is committed to providing every student in our region with the tools to be financially capable through the dynamic, hands-on JA Finance Park® experience. JA® also has a number of proven in-classroom programs designed to be delivered at the middle school level, exploring each of our three pillars of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
JA It's My Business! encourages students to use entrepreneurial thinking as they explore higher education and career choices. Students participate in fun, challenging activities such as an entrepreneurial quiz game, completing a blueprint for a teen club, participating in an auction of businesses, and creating entrepreneur profile cards.
JA It's My Future Blended Model provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. The content has been enhanced to include real-world, interactive online tools.
JA It's My Business! Blended Model provides middle school students an opportunity to experience the initial steps of a business startup. New program content provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students with each session building toward a product-pitch competition.
JA Global Marketplace - Blended Model gives students an opportunity to experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce by playing the role of business owners and managers at the international Free Trade Market.
In middle school, students are growing more aware of the skills, interests and values that will be the foundation for their career and lifestyle choices. JA Economics for Success harnesses this curiosity with activities that connect personal finance with education and career choices and relates these to making informed financial decisions, regardless of income.
Students leave behind their lives as middle school students and take on a career with a salary, family, and financial obligations. In this hands-on "mini-city," students make the same spending decisions that you and I make each month, learning importance lessons about owning their financial success as they are inspired to think carefully about their future and their choices in life.
International trade affects most every aspect of daily life. Through JA Global Marketplace, students explore the historical drivers behind our global business culture and how economic opportunity has shaped the international flow of human resources, information, cultural exchange and financial capital, enabling them to better appreciate and apply knowledge of the global economy to their daily lives.
The process of developing skills and strategies to prepare for the working world begins in middle school. Using career mapping, job skill research and brand identity activities, JA It’s My Future builds students’ capacity to explore potential careers, plot an educational roadmap to reach their goals, and recognize the impact of their choices on their personal brand.