JA Program Spotlight: JA Be Entrepreneurial

JA Program Spotlight - JA Be Entrepreneurial

JA Be Entrepreneurial®

Grades 9-12

Students learn about:

  • Advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs.
  • Evaluate an entrepreneurial idea based on product, customer, and
    competitive-advantage criteria.
  • Demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing,
    financing, management, and ethical decision-making.

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Session One: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Students are introduced to the elements of successful business start-ups, myths and facts about entrepreneurship, and participate in a product development competition.

Session Two: What’s My Business?

Students take on the roles of various entrepreneurs as they develop their product or service idea, and analyze sources of successful entrepreneurial ventures to select a product or service as the basis of their business plan.

Session Three: Who’s My Customer?

Student groups create and present advertisements to demonstrate how market needs and demographics contribute to successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Session Four: What’s My Advantage?

Students evaluate actual companies that have excelled in selecting and applying successful competitive advantages.

Session Five: Competitive Advantages

Students play a game that demonstrates effective competitive advantages and select the best for their own entrepreneurial venture.

Session Six: Ethics Are Good For Business

Students learn through case-studies how being ethical is good for business in the long run.

Session Seven: The Business Plan

Students apply the key elements of successful entrepreneurs to their product or services and complete a sample business plan.

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Bring JA Be Entrepreneurial to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Be Entrepreneurial for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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Program Spotlight: JA Our Nation

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JA Our Nation®

5th Grade

Students learn about:

  • The nation’s free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers.
  • The need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a free market economy.
  • Define entrepreneurship and explore the process of innovation.
  • Understand that businesses need people with technical skills to support
    high-growth, high-demand jobs.
  • Compare career clusters.
  • Explore how the United States is tied to the global economy.

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Session One: Free to Choose Your Work or Business

Students are introduced to the nation’s free market system and how it supports businesses and careers.

Session Two: Innovation Nation

Students experience how entrepreneurial thinking can spur new businesses and the opportunity for future income. A wristband directs students to an online playable that explores STEM careers and skills.

Session Three: Career Clusters

Students examine career groups and the skills needed for a variety of careers.

Session Four: Get and Keep the Job!

Students identify important work-readiness soft skills necessary for career success.

Session Five: Global Connections

Students explore how the United States is connected to the global economy.

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Bring JA Our Nation to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Our Nation for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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IberiaBank volunteer completes JA program at Hogan Spring Glen Elementary

This spring semester Tanya Guydos, Vice President of Iberiabank in Jacksonville, spent time each week teaching a kindergarten class at Hogan Spring Glen Elementary. She volunteered to teach the Junior Achievement program, JA Ourselves, and shared her experiences with JA program director Melissa Covey throughout the Spring.

February 2017

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“Today we did the voting  lesson and I was able to get the Supervisor of Elections office to donate I voted stickers, I registered stickers, ballots and other items for them as well. We all “voted” on doing a beautification project for their class and their home.  I brought in all the goodies to make flowers pots.  One of our clients graciously donated all of the seeds and we had a ball.  Ok…   we did have to watch the dirt, I would have hated to call the janitor!

Thought I would share with you. Great Friday and such a wonderful group of kids!!”

April 2017

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“They were so excited that I was back and look at the card they made for me for my time I had spent with them!  I about started to cry!”

May 2017

Tanya Guydos Iberia Bank Hogan Spring Glen

“Today each child received their certificates AND a nickel and a quarter (Lesson #4) to put in their banks to save!” 

About JA Ourselves®

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. Learn more about JA Ourselves.

If you are interested in becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer please visit JAjax.com.

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Program Spotlight: JA Ourselves

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JA Ourselves®

Kindergarten

Students learn about:

  • the role of money in society,
  • and practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Practice personal economics by considering choices.
  • Explain the difference between needs and wants.
  • Understand the concept of money, particularly earning and saving.
  • Identify the importance of giving to a worthy cause.

 

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Session One: This or That? Make a Choice

Students practice economics by making personal choices.

Session Two: Do I Need What I Want?

Students begin to understand that people have basic needs and wants and that money-smart people know the difference between them.

Session Three: A Penny Earned

Storybook characters help students learn about ways to earn money.

Session Four: A Penny Saved

Students learn the importance of saving and having a savings goal.

Session Five: A Penny Shared

Through storybook characters, students learn about earning money to help others in their community.

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Bring JA Ourselves to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Personal Finance for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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JA Ourselves® introduces students to ‘needs and wants’ at an early age

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Needs and wants, earning, saving and sharing money — all at five years old! That’s what students will learn through Junior Achievement’s JA Ourselves®.

JA Ourselves® is a series of five activities recommended for kindergarten students. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with an introduction to personal economics and the choices people make to meet their needs and wants.

The program also introduces students to the role of money in society while providing them with practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.

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For example, in Session One: This or That? Make a Choice, students practice economics by making personal choices.

In Session Two: Do I Need What I Want? They begin to understand that people have basic needs and wants — and that money-smart people know the difference between them.

ja-ourselves-program-bookJA Ourselves® integrates storybook characters to help students learn about ways to earn money, and the importance of saving and having a savings goal. They also see how they can help others in their community with the money they earn.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

JA programs also correlate to state standards in social studies, English, and mathematics, and to Common Core State Standards.

Learn more about JA Ourselves®.

Learn more about JA programs in Jacksonville.

To request JA Ourselves® or another grade-level Junior Achievement program for your classroom, click here.

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