JA volunteers are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, and most important of all, really want to be in the classroom. The volunteers serve as role models and enrich the activities with their own life experiences and business knowledge. The teacher and volunteer form a team in which the volunteer conducts the class; the teacher assists when necessary and reinforces the material during the week.
JA Be Entrepreneurial® By developing the essential components of a business plan, this program challenges students to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.
JA Company Program® The JA Company Program helps young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in our society. Students organize and operate actual business enterprises. Students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides.
JA Exploring Economics® Students examine the fundamentals of micro-, macro-, and international economics and how those principles guide personal and business decisions.
JA Personal Finance® Students are introduced to the importance of making wise financial choices. They explore the role money plays in achieving personal goals and develop planning, goal setting and thoughtful decision-making skills to deal with financial issues.
JA Career Success® JA Career Success equips students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.
All of the Junior Achievement’s programs are funded through area business contributions and private foundations and is, therefore, offered without cost to high schools.
The program materials are packaged in a complete, self-contained kit including detailed activity plans, informative workbooks for students and everything necessary for a successful experience for students, teachers, and volunteers. Orientation is provided for volunteers and teachers. Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut provides continual support and assistance to both teachers and volunteers throughout the duration of the program.
- Academic program for high school students
- 5 – 12 Week Program
- Programs include: JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA Company Program, JA Career Success, JA Exploring Economics, and JA Personal Finance
- Business volunteer, retiree or parent teaches one class period per week for allotted weeks of specific program
- Junior Achievement provides orientation and materials for teachers and consultants
- Actual 2015/2016: 720
- Projected 2016/2017: 1212
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS 2015-16
- Academy of Information Technology & Engineering
- Stamford High School
- Greenwich High School
- New Canaan High School
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS 2015-16
- Deloitte & Touche
- First County Bank
- GeneralCologne Re
- Inspriving Careers
- Wire Resources
— updated August 5, 2016 —