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Preparing Students to Thrive

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Junior Achievement North prepares young people with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our programming is critical in addressing the skills, wealth, and opportunity gaps our community is facing. We bring learning to life through dynamic programming and help students make connections between the classroom and the real world. Tomorrow’s leaders need our support today and JA North provides foundational tools and skills that will set students up for success.  

Pathways to Boundless Opportunity

  • Financial Literacy
    Teaching personal finance is often overlooked in traditional educational systems. Young people need to learn these skills to be successful.
  • Career Readiness
    Addressing the skills gap is critical as many graduating students lack basic skills like communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Entrepreneurship
    Inspiring our kids to dream big and reach their potential does not happen by chance. Tomorrow's visionaries will fuel the economy and lead our communities.

Explore All Junior Achievement Programs

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School, High School
  • Elementary School

    JA Ourselves

    Students discover individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.
  • High School

    JA Be Entrepreneurial-CPS

    In this module, students learn and apply Design Thinking, an innovative process for problem solving used by entrepreneurs to brainstorm customer-centric ideas. This process focuses on user needs in order to produce solutions that improve the customer experience.
  • High School

    JA Career Success

    Students take on the role of intern and participate in realistic work experiences in multiple departments of a fictional company. Highly desired soft skills like communication, analytical thinking, and conflict resolution are practiced.
  • Middle School

    JA Economics for Success

    Gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They also learn about spending money within a budget, saving and investing wisely, and using credit cautiously.
  • Middle School

    JA Global Marketplace

    Introduces students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Through completion of this program, students gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the interconnected global market.
  • Middle School

    JA Inspire

    Students gain insight into career clusters that interest them, explore careers at local companies, and make a plan for next steps towards a career.
  • Middle School

    JA It’s My Business

    Introduces students to the process of creative thinking as a problem-solving process and provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for students and an opportunity to learn how to turn an idea into a business.
  • Middle School

    JA It’s My Future

    Students gain practical information to help prepare them for the working world by developing the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. Students research potential careers, create a basic resume, recognize appropriate behavior for an interview, and differentiate between soft and technical skills.
  • High School

    JA Job Shadow

    Gives students the key skills they need to identify career paths aligned to their own interests. Through informational interviews and a workplace site visit students build their personal career knowledge and experience.
  • Elementary School

    JA Our Families

    Students explore how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community.
  • Elementary School

    JA Our Community

    Students are immersed in the daily life of their community—the people who work there, the money decisions they make, and the importance of being an involved and responsible community member.
  • Elementary School

    JA Our City

    Students are introduced to financial literacy and learn how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city.
  • Elementary School

    JA Our Region

    Students are taught to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of a demanding and ever-changing workforce.
  • Elementary School

    JA Our Nation

    Students understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter.
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    JA Career Speaker Series

    A volunteer guest speaker visits the classroom and shares information about their career, work, and education experience.
  • High School

    JA Company Program Popup

    Empowers students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching and operating a business venture. Equips youth with the skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own company.
  • High School

    JA Be Entrepreneurial

    In this module, students learn about Lean Canvas, the strategic management template for developing business models. The business model canvas is an easy-to-understand, one-page business plan that is the foundation for fleshing out a business idea.
  • High School

    JA Be Entrepreneurial

    In this module, students develop a mindset that enables innovation, value creation, and problem solving. They learn principles, strategies, and skills through the experiences of others and apply them to their own lives.
  • High School

    JA Personal Finance 2.0

    Students learn about the interrelationship between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. Topics include employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, smart shopping, investing, credit card usage, and net worth.
  • High School

    JA Titan

    A simulation-based program in which students compete as business CEOs in the phone industry.

    Youth get first-hand practice making high-stakes decisions about production, marketing, philanthropy, and workforce management.
  • Middle School, High School

    JA It’s My Job

    Students will understand the value of professional communication and soft skills and their applicability across multiple careers and industries. Lessons focus on social and soft skill competencies that relate real-life experiences to job skills and prepare students for their future careers.
  • High School

    JA Launch Lesson

    Delivered by community entrepreneurs, JA Launch Lesson gives students firsthand knowledge about the process of starting a business and the entrepreneurial journey. Students learn about important entrepreneurial concepts, such as creating a business idea from an identified consumer need, using sales and marketing to expand a company’s consumer base, and exploring different methods for securing startup capital.
  • Elementary School

    JA More Than Money

    Introduces students to money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through engaging activities, students learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money.