Middle School Programs

Junior Achievement’s middle school programs build on concepts students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs. The middle school programs stress the importance of education and staying in school, while launching students into career awareness and career exploration at a time that can be the most meaningful. Junior Achievement also introduces more in-depth economic concepts to help students understand how they can actively shape their own economic futures. Middle school programs are not grade specific and can be used in any 6th through 8th grade classroom.

JA Economics for Success®

Building a life is a complex project, particularly for young people entering the world of work. This program shows students how to earn money, spend wisely within a budget, save and invest, use credit cautiously, and protect their personal finances.

JA Global Marketplace®–Kit-Based

Like those sneakers? They’re made in China with rubber from Brazil, cotton from India, color dye from Vietnam, and recycled plastic from Honduras. Such practical examples help students see how goods flow in the world economy and the effect globalization has on their lives.

JA Global Marketplace®–Blended Model

Students experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce as they take on the role of business owners and managers. They analyze international business ethics and the culture, currency, and trade barriers of other countries.

JA It’s My Future®

What does it take to be successful in today’s working world? While still in middle school, students begin career exploration, discover ways to plan for and keep a job, and prepare their personal-brand maps to the future.

In addition to the aforementioned middle school programs, Junior Achievement offers an after-school experience for students in grades 6 through 8.

After School Program: JA It’s My Business!®

Can anyone learn to be an entrepreneur? Yes. During this program, students discover the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: Believe in yourself, fill a need, know your customer and product, and be creative and innovative.