Junior High Programs

Stronger Together: Diversity in Action

In today’s global economy, individuals from many different backgrounds work together to achieve common goals. Stronger Together: Diversity in Action is an exciting program from JA that teaches students the value of diversity and how it contributes to improving morale, creativity, teamwork and productivity.

Volunteers from the local business community help students understand how inclusivity can solve real-world challenges. They also encourage students to welcome perspectives that are different from their own.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 7

Commitment: Half Day

Dollars with Sense

Canadian personal debt is at a record high. Canadian youth are growing up in a time in which spending is easier than ever and debt is a way of life. This problem is exacerbated by hectic family schedules, which leave parents with little time to teach their children about money management.

How can we prepare today’s youth to avoid personal debt?

Through the newly updated Dollars With Sense program, students get the vital tools they need to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives … beginning now.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 8

Commitment: Half Day

Investment Strategies

 

The earlier youth learn financial literacy, the more likely they are to invest and save later in life. Recent U.S. research has found that “people who have had financial education participate more often in retirement programs, make larger contributions and have a much higher savings rate than others”.

JA’s Investment Strategies program (ISP) teaches students how to save and invest for the future. The program includes both interactive classroom lessons and an online stock market simulation, Invest JA, where students manage their own simulated stock portfolio. The simulation is linked to live data from North American stock markets and is an exciting, risk-free way for students to apply the investing principles they learn in the program.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 7 – 12

Commitment: 4 one hour lessons, 6 week simulation

Program Code: Teacher-led, Project-based

Economics for Success

For many students, the transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment can be overwhelming. Students often feel that their high-school experiences haven’t adequately prepared them to meet the demands of university, a career, or living on their own.

In Economics for Success, students take a closer look at the advantages of staying in school, as well as learn what’s needed to succeed in today’s workforce. Volunteers from the local business community partner with classroom teachers to help students see the link between education and achieving their goals. A third-party study found that over 65% of past Achievers credit JA with their decision to stay in school and enrol in post-secondary education, 75% believe JA had a significant impact on their financial-literacy, decision-making skills, and business sense.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 9

Commitment: Half Day

World of Choices

World of Choices brings students together with career mentors working in desired fields, industries, and professions.  In small sessions, students learn first-hand what it takes to be successful.  Each student can participate in interactive sessions that will open up a world of choices for Canadian youth.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 8 – 12

Commitment: Half Day

Program Code: Event-Style

Company Program

The cornerstone of Junior Achievement, the JA Company Program sees groups of students work together to operate their own business venture.  The Company Program may run in-school or as an after-school activity.

Programs Details

Level: Grade 8 – 12

Commitment: 18 weeks

Program Code: Project-Based