JA programs demonstrate to students the value of an education, bridge the gap of what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equip them with the skills and tools they need to be more successful in school and their future careers.
Our programs prepare students to proactively manage their finances, become entrepreneurs, and develop skills that will be recognized and valuable in a global workforce.
JA programs aim to prepare young people for adult professional life and the world of work. With curricula drawn from out global network of over 120 countries, the programs help youth become job creators for themselves and others as entrepreneurs, to get jobs and keep jobs, to make healthy financial decisions from when they earn money to what they do with it thereafter.
THE COMPANY PROGRAM
JA Company Program provides introductory economic education for high school students by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business. Students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn soft skills that are instrumental to success; such as brainstorming, consensus building, critical reading, gathering and organizing information, group and self-assessment, Interpreting production inventory, oral and written communication.
Volunteers from the local business community employ a variety of hands-on activities and technological supplements to challenge students to use innovative thinking. The business skills that students learn in this after-school program will prove valuable as they begin to consider higher education and career choices.
Students work in groups within their schools and classrooms to develop business ideas, test them in markets, start and run businesses throughout the school year, all the while being coaches by professionals who volunteer in the program.
Students compete at the end of the year nationally and the winners go on to compete at the Regional Company of the Year Competition.