2021-2022 Student Learning Experiences

What is JA?

Junior Achievement strives to improve the quality of life for all students by providing them with the economic and financial knowledge needed to transition into adulthood, bettering their futures, their community, and the world.

Aligning with Common Core State Standards and built around three core pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-readiness, JA provides volunteer-taught, interactive, grade-specific programs for students, K-12th grade, each with a series of lessons and reinforcing activities that require students to put their new knowledge to work immediately. Through these programs, JA helps prepare youth for the real world by showing them how to recognize the economic relevance of excelling in school, creating jobs that make their communities more robust, applying entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace, and how to generate income and effectively manage it.

JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, volunteers transform the key concepts of JA's lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them that they can make a difference in the world and achieve their own dreams.

Here's a list of the upcoming JA Programs

JA Inspire Virtual

New!

JA Inspire Virtual Career Expo: Inspiring our Future Workforce

Thursday, December 9, 2021

through June 2022

JA Inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle and high school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond. The multi-hour experience is configurable to align with local industry and career opportunities.

JA Finance Park A Career and Budgeting Simulation that prepares teens for the real world

JA Finance Park 2

Kick-off:

Monday, January 24, 2022

JA Finance Park helps students make smart financial decisions that last a lifetime.

The self-guided version allows students to complete interactive online lessons at their own pace, supplemented by optional live Zoom sessions with knowledgeable volunteers. After each kick-off, programming continues for 8 weeks. Open to grades 7-12.

JA S.H.E. Leads Strengthening her education

S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit

Hybrid

Tuesday, March 8, & Wednesday, March 9, 2022

This event has become so popular, we are doing it TWICE this school year. This event targets middle and high school students who identify as female and nonbinary and invites them to engage in an inspiring day of STEM career path exploration. Through workshops and speed mentoring with female advisors, students will develop workforce readiness and gain insights from panel speakers specializing in STEM.

JA Tech and Innovation Summit

JA Tech & Innovation Summit

Hybrid

Thursday, March 10, 2022

During this one day, project-based STEM learning immersive, high school students are exposed to career paths and insights from the region's leading professionals in technology and engineering. Through workshops, mentor-driven discussions, and a gallery of innovative projects by the areas' most notable tech incubators, students will become prepared to launch into the future workforce.

JA Finance Park A Career and Budgeting Simulation that prepares teens for the real world

JA Finance Park 3

Kick-off:

Monday, April 11, 2022

JA Finance Park helps students make smart financial decisions that last a lifetime.

The self-guided version allows students to complete interactive online lessons at their own pace, supplemented by optional live Zoom sessions with knowledgeable volunteers. After each kick-off, programming continues for 8 weeks. Open to grades 7-12.

Year-round student events for you!

JA Virtual Career Speaker Series

A Career Speaker series volunteers share information about their career, work, and education experience. Partner with JA and over a dozen professionals from journalism, sports, finance, and tech who have impacted the lives of over 500 students throughout Northern California. The JA Career Speaker Series introduces students to different career paths, teaching skills around active listening, making observations, as well as critical thinking, social skills, and verbal communication

JA Job Shadow Series

JA Job Shadow series prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and prepared for the world of work. It provides engaging, academically enriching, and experiential learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. Job Shadows can be in person, where permitted, or virtual, allowing for students to attend from all over our 26-county territory.

Participate in JA and earn a badge for your resume, college application, or social media!

JA Financial Literacy Gold Badge

Past Programs

JA Tech and Innovation Summit

JA Tech & Innovation Summit

Virtual

Thursday, September 30, 2021

During this one day, project-based STEM learning immersive, high school students are exposed to career paths and insights from the region's leading professionals in technology and engineering. Through workshops, mentor driven discussions, and a gallery of innovative projects by the areas' most notable tech incubators, students will become prepared to launch into the future workforce

JA Finance Park A Career and Budgeting Simulation that prepares teens for the real world

JA Finance Park 1

Kick-off:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

JA Finance Park helps students make smart financial decisions that last a lifetime. The self-guided version allows students to complete interactive online lessons at their own pace, supplemented by optional live Zoom sessions with knowledgeable volunteers. After each kick-off, programming continues for 8 weeks.

Can’t make the October-December cohort? Don’t worry! We’ll be hosting two more in January and April (see below).

JA S.H.E. Leads strengthening her education

S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit

Virtual

Thursday, October 28, 2021

This event has become so popular, we are doing it TWICE this school year. This event targets middle and high school students who identify as female and non-binary and invites them to engage in an inspiring day of STEM career path exploration. Through workshops and speed mentoring with female advisors, students will develop workforce readiness and gain insights from panel speakers specializing in STEM. Our Fall event will be on October 28. Our Spring event will be in March 2022 (see below).

JA Company Program

JA Company Program

Starts

Monday, November 8, 2021

November is National Entrepreneurship Month. To kick-off our most entrepreneurial semester-long program, the JA Company Program, we are hosting an Entrepreneurship Summit with leading entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern California. This kick-off is required for all students participating in the JA Company Program, but any student can attend. Students will hear about the entrepreneurial journey, inspiring them as they begin their own foray into building their own company from the ground up. The JA Company Program® unlocks the innate ability within students to solve a problem or a need in their community through organizing a student-run business. Students start a company and with the support of business volunteers, see it through various life cycles. The program culminates at JA of Northern California's virtual competition on April 21, 2022.

2021 JA Entrepreneurship Summit

JA Entrepreneurship Summit

Monday, November 8, 2021

Be prepared to be inspired by area entrepreneurs as they share the ups and downs of starting their own company. Learn the creative skills needed to think "outside of the box" to launch your own entrepreneurial business.