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Entrepreneurial Academy

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

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
The Entrepreneurial Academy is a unique opportunity that brings urban and suburban high school students together at a corporate site to gain skills in entrepreneurism, leadership, teamwork, ethics and career development. The focus of the 15-week, 30-hour program will be the development and launching of an actual business, using the "JA Company Program" curriculum. The program has run successfully since its start with The Hartford in 2013. The program has now grown to three sites, The Hartford, Stanley Black & Decker, and Pratt & Whitney partnered with Goodwin University.

Students will walk away with the following objectives:

- Provide engaging, academically challenging, and experiential learning sessions that focus on enhanced entrepreneurial education.
- Create an opportunity for students from diverse communities to come together and develop leadership and teamwork skills.
- Help students make and understand ethical decisions as they enter the workforce and participate in the global community.
- Equip students with an understanding of the work-readiness skills needed for the 21st Century
- Provide an opportunity for students to meet regularly in a corporate environment and be connected to corporate employees as role models and mentors.

The program will be open to high school students (sophomores, juniors preferred), this is an application based program. The ideal candidate is a responsible student who is interested in business, is strong academically and has demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively with others. A cohort of about 20 students is being targeted for each site for a total of 60 student participants. Students will meet once a week for 15 weeks at their designated site from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Each program will be led by corporate volunteers who will work closely with the students. The sessions will be coordinated by a high school teacher who will be hired to provide educational rigor and behavioral management and JA staff which will provide logistical support and training for the volunteers.

Program Concepts

Annual report, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch the company, Leadership, Liquidate, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis

Skills Students Learn

  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Decision making
  • Idea development
  • Leadership
  • Product evaluation
  • Public speaking
  • Sales
  • Self-assessment
  • Synthesizing and evaluating information
  • Teamwork

Inspiring a Thriving Career & JA Champion

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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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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