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JA Inspire + Career Jam®

JA Inspire + Career Jam curriculum cover

This program is administered by JA of Northeastern New York
Middle School
High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Inspire + Career Jam is more than a career fair. It brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch 8th-9th graders into their future—high school, postsecondary education, and careers beyond.

The program consists of three segments:

1) PRE-EVENT: JA Inspire sessions led by educators. Materials provided by Junior Achievement. Includes Teacher Guide, online resources, and student activity sheets.
Preparation is critical for students to take full advantage of this event. These student sessions help students to explore their interests, research career clusters, develop their soft skills, learn about networking, and set goals for the event.

2) CAREER JAM EVENT: Locations and dates vary depending on your location.

3) POST EVENT: Debrief and goal-setting session the classroom.

Students will:
• Research career clusters that interest them.
• Make connections with adults who have jobs in
careers that interest them.
• See the connection between high school
programming choices and careers.
• Identify high wage / high demand jobs.
• Practice essential skills (soft skills) with local
• Be excited about their future!!!

Program Concepts

introspection, self-knowledge, research, mapping skills to potential careers, goal-setting

Skills Students Learn

  • Self-assessment
  • utilize career resources to develop a career plan
  • explore post-secondary education options
  • explore various careers
  • understand employment trends and job outlook for career planning

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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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