JA in the Classroom

Three Pillars

Entrepreneurship | Financial Literacy | Work Readiness

Our Programs

Junior Achievement program content is tailored to meet the educational needs of youth from Kindergarten through 12th Grade with dynamic, engaging, activity based lessons that blend the latest technology with the unparalleled impact of volunteer mentorship.  Our unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. 



JA alumni are 143% more likely to start a business, 67% more likely to have an advanced degree, and nearly 40% more likely to meet with career satisfaction than the general population.



Teachers invite Junior Achievement into their classrooms because JA volunteers and materials support educators by providing an exciting learning environment that gives students a real-world perspective.  JA program content aligns with curriculum standards and state competencies to help students achieve teachers' learning objectives while reducing the lesson planning burden.


Volunteers lead the majority of Junior Achievement's curriculum content.  They set JA apart because they share real-world experiences and set an example that helps kids bridge the gap between what they learn in school and what they can expect from the world beyond.


JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.

The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world.

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world.


Spark Hampton Roads is the premier youth entrepreneurship program in the region, challenging high school students with authentic entrepreneurial experiences and empowering them to engage with real business masterminds as they venture forth into the cutting-edge realm of the startup and compete with their peers for supremacy.

JA Finance Park Virtual empowers young people to take command of their financial success by making personal finance real.  The curriculum features hands-on activities related to income, saving and risk management, debit and credit, and budgeting, leading to a capstone simulation with the look and feel of a game, but bearing the real life challenges with which adults meet.

JA Days are action-packed events in which dozens of volunteers come together to energize hundreds of elementary students by delivering an entire JA program in one day.  This incredible team-building experience makes an impact that will last a lifetime for volunteers and students alike.