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JA Economics for Success®

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Middle School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Economics for Success introduces middle school students (ages 11–14) to initial work and career readiness and personal finance concepts. Students explore career interests and opportunities and learn about financial roles and responsibilities. They learn about planning for a career, including the importance of self-awareness to guide choices, relevant post-high school education to enable those choices, and sufficient income to pay for their wants and needs. Students recognize and develop transferable skills, useful regardless of career. And they learn about the costs of expenses and setting personal financial priorities.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

• Develop an awareness of their individual preferences toward work and financial goals.
• Associate current values, skills, and interests with future success in a dynamic and changing workforce.
• Think critically to connect today’s financial choices with their future in the digital economy.

JA Economics for Success is recommended for middle school students. This program is part of both the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and the JA Financial Literacy Pathway. The program offers 6 or more or more instructional contact hours (ICH) based on modular delivery of at least 6 of the 10 sessions. Implementation can feature a single JA Pathway, Work and Career Readiness or Financial Literacy, or a combination of both to meet local needs.

JA Programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, work and career readiness. Please see below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

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