Junior Achievement of New Jersey is dedicated to supporting New Jersey students and teachers through these unprecedented challenges, and is now offering standards-based financial literacy and career readiness curriculum and resources for online and remote learning at no cost to districts.  These K-12 programs can be implemented according to a district’s remote learning policies, and include:

  • JA Finance Park Virtual Simulation Middle and high school students role-play as adults making real-life financial and consumer decisions related to their fictional household income, expenses, savings, and credit. This 4-hour simulation can be done over multiple sessions or all at once.
  • JA Our Nation, Innovation, and STEM. Fifth- to eighth-grade students are introduced to the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of STEM careers and explore the concept of globalization in business.
  • JA Career Exploration. College and non-college bound learners assess their abilities and interests; investigate a variety of careers in New Jersey and the skills, education preparation, training, and personal qualities needed for those careers; and create a Personal Career Action Plan based on what they learned.
  • JA App Challenge. Middle and high school students work in virtual teams to make a mobile app that solves a real-world problem, and share a one to two minute video demonstrating the app’s function and goals. The competition will be divided into middle and high school categories.
  • JA Crack the Code Workshop. Middle and high school students learn valuable coding and career readiness skills through virtual workshops, easy to follow lessons, and small projects and challenges to test their new skills. Workshops include “Intro to App Development” for beginners and “JQuery and Javascript” for intermediate coding students.

“Junior Achievement of New Jersey has done a fantastic job of providing free programs and experiential learning for students of all ages, and has helped foster work-readiness, as well as entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod. “That excellent work now continues online, and I commend Junior Achievement for making these resources available to students, educators and families.”

Teachers and school administrators may register for JA’s online and remote learning programs here.

Junior Achievement of New Jersey will be adding additional programs to support educators and engage students as school closures continue. Please join our mailing list for updated program information, including our Executive Speaker Series focused on career and current topics.  Contact Christy Tighe at ctighe@ja.org.

Resources for Parents Teens are aware of the changing landscape around them even if they are socially distancing from home, and it’s important to have healthy conversations to help them cope with what’s happening in their world.

JA’s Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19, The impact of COVID-19 on Business and Innovation, and Work in the time of COVID-19 are thought papers designed for parents of middle and high school students to read together, to help them understand what is happening to our economy and how resources are being leveraged to help during and after this global pandemic.