Watch highlights from the 2018-19 JA Company Program

Empowering Students. Developing the Workforce of the Future.

Do you want to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Interested in someday owning your own business? The JA Company Program is an intensive program that offers high school students the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and operating a startup with other students under the guidance of business professionals.

The 7-month-long JA Company Program is the ultimate hands-on, in-depth experience for any high schooler preparing for real life, as well as the self-proclaimed student entrepreneur. Not only does the experience empower and transform students, it establishes a pipeline of inspired and prepared individuals for the business community.

Participants in the JA Company Program will:

  • Design, launch and run a company

  • Expand their network by meeting other passionate teens and business professionals

  • Discover the potential for for-profit companies to have a positive social impact

  • Become confident surmounting challenges and facing uncertainties

  • Learn how to successfully collaborate with a diverse team of individuals

  • Build self-confidence by sharpening existing skills and developing new skills

  • Prepare for college and beyond

Eligibility: Open to students in 9th through 12th grade. Company size will vary depending on location, ranging from 10 to 20 students.

Time Commitment: Teams will meet weekly for 2 hours from the week of September 16th through the week of April 20th. Qualifying teams will continue to meet through June to prepare for our National Competition.

Key Events:

  • Leadership retreat and subject-specific workshops

  • Pitch to “sharks” for seed money

  • Trade Show

  • JA of Greater Washington Company of the Year Competition

  • JA National Student Leadership Summit (based on acceptance)

Cost: $50.00



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Contact Gayle Robinson, Director, Program Innovation
at (703) 426-1564 or