JA Entrepreneurial Mindset

JA Entrepreneurial Mindset curriculum cover

High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
JA Entrepreneurial Mindset, part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basics of starting a business, including developing entrepreneurial abilities, identifying a business opportunity, creating a business plan, economics, and the stages of business growth. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that includes subject matter guest speaking and coaching or advising for case study and project course work.

Students will:

Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards

Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world

Synthesize elective concepts through a cumulative, tangible deliverable (project)

Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study

Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success

Program Concepts

Business change, Business goals, Business life cycle, Business plan, Business plan elements, Balance sheet, Cash, Cash flow statement, Characteristics of entrepreneurs, Code of ethics, Costs, Economic decision making, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial skills, Entrepreneurial problem solving, Equity, Ethics, Ethical behavior, Ethical dilemma, Exchange, Executive summary, Expansion stage, Expenses, Exports, Financials, Franchising, Growth challenges, Growth plan, Growth stage, Impact of imports, Imports, Income statement, International trade, Intrapreneur, Investor options, Licensing, Maturity stage, Needs and wants, Opportunity cost, Organizational level, Overseas marketing, Pitch, Pricing, Producer prices, Production, Production and distribution costs, Profit, Profitability, Resources, Revenue, Scarcity, Social responsibility, Specialization, Stakeholders, Startup funding, Startup stage, Steps to startup, Supply and demand, The problem solving process, The profit equation, Wholesale prices

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyze advantages and disadvantages
  • Analyze financial information
  • Analyze real world situations
  • Apply a strategy
  • Calculate information
  • Compare and contrast
  • Evaluate ideas
  • Evaluate information
  • Evaluate options
  • Find a solution
  • Make connections
  • Make informed decisions
  • Present information
  • Research information
  • See a problem
  • Think critically
JA High School Experience Course Overview Video

Alignment with State and National Standards

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.

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

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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