JA’s experiential curriculum begins with exposure to critical skill sets, like collaboration, creativity, self-confidence, and resilience, that prepare students for university, vocational education, the workforce, or their own start-up ventures.
JA students job shadow skilled mentors, challenge themselves and their teammates during technical and business innovation challenges, and test their skills through multiple channels and experiences. Many students get their first taste of presenting in front of an audience, to work on hands-on projects, to work in teams while they get also exposed to competencies related to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset. Through our experiences, they lay the groundwork to be the next generation of job creators.
JA’s programs are designed to be immersive, high-impact experiences that give young people a taste of life in the real world. These learning experiences motivate and inspire students to acquire the skills they need for future career success. For some programs, like Leaders for a Day, students leave the classroom and move to the real world. For other programs, like the iconic JA Company Program (Young Enterprise), JA brings the real world to schools.
Through JA’s real-world entrepreneurship programs—the longest-running in the world—students work as a team to develop an innovative product or service, finance their startup business, creatively market their product, and launch their careers as entrepreneurs or intrapreneur.