JA Economics for Success

JA Economics for Success reveals the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

— Explore their skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions.
— Develop their knowledge of personal finance to apply strong financial-management skills regardless of income.

JA Economics for Success is part of the JA Financial Literacy and JA Work and Career Readiness Pathways and is recommended for middle school students (grades 6-8). This volunteer-led, kit-based program is available for classroom-based and remote classroom implementation. It includes six 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this program, to utilize the resources available in JA Connect™ Learning Pathways, located at This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Digital Career Book, games and apps for student use.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Budget, credit, credit card, credit score, co-pay insurance, debit card, decision making, deductible, goal setting, gross income, higher education, interest, interests, needs and wants, net income, opportunity cost, policy, premium, risk, self-knowledge, skills, values, world of work

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyzing information
  • Critical-thinking
  • Inquiry and critical thinking skills
  • Interpreting data
  • Math calculations
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Reading for understanding
  • Self-assessment
  • Working in groups and pairs presentation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Organizing information
  • Reading for understanding

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