New Programs for Middle and High School — see below!!!
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Scope and Sequence Information, All Grades
Correlation between SC State Standards and JA Programs, All Grades
STEM Connections to JA Programs
Elementary School Programs
Concepts and skills taught at each grade level in the elementary school programs build on those taught in the preceding grades. Each program is comprised of five 30-45 minute sessions.
K-5 Ourselves® This program represents their first real foray into the economics of life—work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JA volunteers lead sessions with engaging stories and dynamic activities that help instill the values of earning, saving, sharing, and working ethically.
1st Our Families® Children tend to think everything they want is something they need. Learning to recognize the difference between the two is one of the first crucial lessons in financial literacy. By focusing on the roles people play in their local economy, students understand the importance of work, and the tools and skills to get—or earn—what they want.
2nd Our Community® _Understanding life outside of home and school begins with students taking a look at how things work in their communities. This program puts community life into perspective for students as they explore matters of business, citizenship, economics, and the interdependent roles of people working in a community.
3rd Our City® Urban life comes into sharp context through Our City, a program designed to inspire student exploration of the relationship between the jobs people perform, the skills they need to perform these jobs, and the impact their work has on a city’s well-being.
4th Our Region® This program introduces students to the relationship between natural, human, and capital resources found in different regions, and explores regional businesses that produce goods (such as food in local supermarkets) and services (such as energy and transportation).
5th Our Nation® The concept of business globalization is explored as it relates to business resources and careers, and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of business worldwide. Through engaging activities, students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, resources, and job skills.
3rd-5th JA More than Money® _This program instills these essential skills in students, and shows them how entrepreneurial thinking and financial savvy can transform an idea into a business that can generate jobs and wealth for themselves and their communities.
Middle School Programs
The middle school programs examine how businesses operate in the global economy and explore career interests and opportunities. Each program is comprised of six 45-60 minute sessions.
NEW!!! JA It’s My Future ™ This program provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school.
JA America Works™ Entrepreneurial moxie—lots of it! In this program, students learn about the history of American entrepreneurship and its vital role in business and the nation’s economic development.
JA Economics for Success™ This program provides an opportunity for students to begin asking life questions and exploring how their academic, economic, and ethical choices affect their lives.
JA Global Marketplace™ Like those sneakers? They’re made in China with rubber from Brazil, cotton from India, color dye from Vietnam, and recycled plastic from Honduras. Practical examples like this help students understand how goods flow in the world’s economy and the effect globalization has on their lives.
JA It’s My Business! ™ This program demonstrates for students the key characteristics of becoming a successful entrepreneur: believe in yourself, fill a need, know your customer and product, and be creative and innovative.
High School Programs
The high school programs help students in grades nine through twelve gain insights into the complexities and rewards of the United States free enterprise system. Programs are comprised of 7-12 1 hour sessions.
NEW!! JA Career By Design™ (replacing and combining JA Careers with a Purpose and JA Success Skills. The final program will be released in the fall of 2013) This program equips students with the tools and skills required by employers to get and keep a job in 21st century, high-demand industries. The following key topics will be discussed:
-Critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and teamwork, and creativity and teamwork.
-Strong soft skills
-Prioritizing personal work preferences
-STEM and other high-demand industries
JA Be Entrepreneurial™ This program demystifies finance by explaining how a bank works and having students operate a computer-simulated bank with their classmates. It covers the history of banking and introduces students to the various career paths in banking.
JA Exploring Economics® This program fosters lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics.
JA Personal Finance® This classroom-based program introduces students to the importance of planning for their financial future. It demonstrates the roles that budgeting, investing, credit, and insurance play in securing financial stability. Students develop a portfolio of skills to make financial decisions
JA Titan® Through a web-based simulation, students operate a virtual company, whether that means running it into the ground or earning big profits. Success depends on quarterly decisions they make about their product price, marketing, R&D, and business practices. Win or lose, students gain a real-world understanding of the effect management decisions have on a company’s bottom line.