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Career Connections for Young Women

Career Connections for Young Women curriculum cover

This program is administered by JA of Southwest New England
High School
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Career Connections for Young Women is geared to inspire young women to focus on careers, professional goals and financial responsibility. Through a series of ten-sessions students will participate in a variety of workshops, activities and lessons from one of JA's most powerful high school curriculum, JA Career Success. In addition, the lessons will be enhanced with experiential learning through industry specific panel discussions, soft skill training and career exploration. This program is aimed to provide young women with practical advice and wisdom about the world of work, from how to get hired to understanding your personal brand.

Duration of the program will take place after-school and will meet weekly at the JA Education Center in Hartford during January through March and will include several job shadow experiences at local businesses. All sessions will be led by volunteers from business and the community.

In addition, there will be a mandatory orientation session for students and their parents, as well as an awards ceremony, student project presentations and a networking social following the last session. This program runs once a year, with a class size of approximately 20 students.

Career Connection for Young Women was developed in conjunction with the Junior League of Hartford.

Program Concepts

Career clusters, Career planning, Career preparation, Collaboration, Communication, Conflict management, Critical thinking, Education and training, Elevator pitch, Employer expectations, High-growth jobs, High performance teams, Interests, Job hunting, Job interviews, Job outlook, Job retention, Professional and ethical behaviors, Resume, Thank you notes, Post-secondary options, Problem-solving techniques, Soft skills, STEM, Working priorities, Workplace skills

Skills Students Learn

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Oral and written communication
  • Competition
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Follow written instructions
  • Formulating answers from personal experiences
  • Goal-setting
  • Identify behaviors
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizing information
  • Prioritizing
  • Present information Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Role-playing
  • Self-assessment
  • Time management
  • Work collaboratively
  • Working in groups

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

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National Standards

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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