High School

Junior Achievement Jamaica currently does six programmes in high schools. 
Some of these programmes are conducted in-class, while some are offered after-school. Each is aimed at building on what the students are taught in the regular school curriculum and making it relevant to everyday life. 
 
In addition to what is taught in each curriculum, JAJ provides students with opportunities to attend conferences and seminars and be involved in competitions related to each programme area.
 
Our flagship high school programme, the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) consists of students operating a business, while learning the core business skills needed to succeed globally.  
 

 

JA Our Nation introduces first form students to the intersection of work readiness and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on classroom activities, the programme provides students with practical information about the nation's free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.

 

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JA Career Success equips students in forms four and five with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.

This new programme covers key topics, such as:

  • 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
  • Strong soft skills
  • Work priorities
  • STEM and other high-growth industries
  • Personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles

 

The Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs JACE Programme provides hands-on experience in running a business, while students learn the fundamental skills necessary to make successful enterprises. It is expected that the learning and practical experience gained from running the companies, will provide students with a viable option to pursue entrepreneurship as their main income stream or may supplement it while being employed in their particular areas of training. Students also learn intrapreneurship skills required to increase productivity as an employee.

 

The engagement is designed to encourage grades 9 to 11 students with similar product or service ideas to form small companies, while they learn the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship through a four (4) phase process involving in-class practical learning and real-life business/entrepreneurship experience.

 
 

JA Personal Finance  demonstrates the relationship between financial decisions made now and future financial freedom and quality of life. Students learn that a positive financial future requires management strategies, including career exploration, budgeting, savings, wise use of credit, savvy shopping, consumer protection, and investment strategies. Recommended for students in forms 4 and 5.

Concepts- Budget, Budgeting, Compound interest, Consumer protection, Credit, Credit cards, Credit reports and scores, Debt, Earning, Education, Expense, Fixed expenses, Fraud, Identity theft, Income, Insurance, Interest, Investing, Lifetime earnings, Opportunity cost, Personal finances, Pay yourself first, Principal, Risk, Risk management, Saving money, Savings, Variable expenses

Skills- Analysing information, Categorizing data, Creativity, Decision making, Evaluating alternatives, Graphic presentation, Oral, visual, and written communication, Prioritizing information, Read for understanding, Using a timeline, Working in pairs, teams, and groups 

 
 

JA Success Skills meets the needs of a diverse group of high school students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential-learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. 

Concepts— Building rapport, Careers, Career Choices, Citizenship, Communication, Cover letters, Effective communication, Interpersonal skills, Interviews, Jobs, Leadership, Lifelong learner, Opportunity costs, Professional image, Resumes, Self-confidence, Teamwork.

Skills—Advocating and influencing, Asking questions, Cooperating, Active listening, Observing critically, Public speaking, Research, Resolving conflict and negotiating, Reflecting and evaluating, Role-playing, Solving problems and making decisions, Teamwork, Working in groups, Writing.

 

JA Be Entrepreneurial introduces students to the essential elements of a practical business plan and then challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.

Students will learn about advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development.

Concepts- Advertisement, Business plan, Competitive advantages, Customer, Demographic, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial spirit, Ethical dilemma, Ethics, Financing, Franchise, Long- vs. short-term consequences, Management, Market, Market needs, Marketing, Non-profit business, Product, Product development, Profit, Social entrepreneur, Social responsibility, Stakeholder, Voting
Skills- Analysing information, Business planning, Categorizing data, Decision-making, Evaluating alternatives, Expressing multiple viewpoints, Graphic presentation, Oral and written communication, Presenting information, Reading for understanding, Weighing consequences, Working in groups, Working in pairs

 
 

JA It's My Business! encourages students to use entrepreneurial thinking as they explore higher education and career choices. Students participate in fun, challenging activities such as an entrepreneurial quiz game, completing a blueprint for a teen club, participating in an auction of businesses, and creating entrepreneur profile cards.

Concepts-Advertising, Apprentice, Auction, Auctioneer, Be Creative and Innovative, Believe in Yourself, Bid, Business, Business Plan, Civic Responsibility, Customer, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur Profile, Fill a Need, Know Your customer and product, Market, Marketing, Profit, Self-taught, Social Entrepreneur.

Skills-Active-listening, Analysing information, Brainstorming, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Decision-making, Deductive Reasoning, Estimating, Following Directions, Group Work, Interpreting information, Measuring, Money Management, Oral and Written Communication, Problem-solving,Self-assessment.