The cornerstone of Junior Achievement, the JA Company Program, sees groups of students working together to operate their own business venture.
There are two ways for students to participate in the Company Program:
After-school (Competitive): Hosted once per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) in the evening from 6:00-9:00 PM, throughout Edmonton and Northern Alberta. All sessions have an in-person meeting location, accompanied by virtual meeting options.
Students have the opportunity to participate in exciting events like JA’s Big Pitch! at West Edmonton Mall, and The Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame. By successfully completing the program, students are also eligible to apply for over $25,000 in awards and scholarships every year, and can earn up to 5 high school credits.
In-school (Non-competitive): Teachers provide Company Program as part of their regular class program or as a school club. This option must be organized by the school or teacher, and students are not able to join independently.
Divided into five phases, the program allows students to take ownership of their success by giving them the resources necessary to run their business.
Level: Grade 9-12
Commitment: 18-25 weeks
Program Code: Project-based
Curriculum Links: Entrepreneurial Skills, Leadership, Management & Marketing, Finance, Math, Language Arts
Phase 1: Inspire
Participants learn that JA Company Program is a life-changing, hands-on experience that aims to inspires them to create an exciting entrepreneurial venture through collaboration.
- Get to know each other, including strengths and motivations
- Collaboratively develop group working norms
- Consider a variety of possible products and business models
- Learn about the roles available within the company and identify leadership styles
Phase 2: Unite
Participants unite ideas and people to form the leadership framework, innovative market solution, and business model to achieve the co-created mission.
- Understand the criteria for selecting the nature of the business venture, potential mechanisms for funding business ideas and product pitching
- Establish the details of the student company using the business model canvas and clearly define the proposed value proposition
- Finalize the mission and establish the organizational structure
- Establish the department functions and individual responsibilities to the team
Phase 3: Build
Building a new business requires a strong foundation based on planning, strategy and communication.
- Create an accountability framework and department work plans
- Develop and establish Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
- Quantify start-up capital needs, resources, and break-even point
- Create the Lean Business Plan
Phase 4: Launch
Successful entrepreneurial ventures are results of efficient production, compelling sales, and accurate metrics.
- Implement the strategy defined by the Lean Business Plan and apply department work plans
- Continue production of product
- Conduct sales
- Maintain accurate records
Phase 5: Achieve
Personal potential is realized when individuals take risks, engage in new experiences and collaborate with others, and celebrate the success achieved together.
- Understand the steps to close a business
- Share learning outcomes and successes in a variety of formats
- Conduct a final status meeting
- Prepare a Shareholder’s Report
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