About the Program
JA Economics for Success reveals the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly. JA Economics for Success is part of the JA Financial Literacy and JA Work and Career Readiness Pathways and is recommended for middle school students.
JA Economics for Success is recommended for grades 6 to 8. This volunteer-led, kit-based program is available for classroom-based and remote classroom implementation. It includes six 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.
As part of this program, JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged to utilize the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at connect.ja.org. This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book, games, and apps for student use.
The students will make choices to better understand the concept of self-knowledge—the awareness of their skills, interests, and values—as they consider education, careers, and other life choices.
The students will learn how to set goals for their financial future. They play the Be a Success Game to see the connection between personal finance, education, and careers.
The students will receive Occupation Cards and observe how different jobs provide different monthly salaries. Students evaluate the opportunity cost when making budget decisions based on those monthly salaries.
The students will examine how consumers pay for goods and services. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using debit and credit cards.
The students will examine how a credit score is determined and learn about positive and negative credit reports' consequences.
The students will learn that life involves risk and that insurance and personal responsibility help reduce the financial consequences of loss or injury.