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JA Our City®

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Elementary School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching™ introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for social studies, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. Dr. Alice Wilder, an award-winning expert on childhood learning (Blue's Clues, SUPER WHY, Cha-Ching, Speakaboos, and Amazon Kids original programming), consulted on the program's redevelopment.

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

-- Explain the choices people have with money.
-- Recognize methods of payment and whether they are readily visible or invisible.
-- Examine the importance of money to a city and its citizens.
-- Describe how entrepreneurial businesses meet the needs and wants of citizens.

JA Our City is recommended for third-grade students. This volunteer-led, kit-based program is available for classroom-based or remote classroom implementation. It includes five 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout. Spanish translation is available for JA Our City.

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

Banking, business, business decisions, circular flow of money, city, city planner, consumer, currency, deposit, economic development, entrepreneur, goods, government, income, interdependence, jobs, making payments, money choices, producer, save, savings, savings account, services, spend, taxes, transaction, withdrawal

Skills Students Learn

  • Brainstorming
  • conceptualizing
  • critical thinking
  • decision making
  • developing ideas
  • drawing conclusions
  • evaluating payment types
  • following directions
  • listening
  • making choices
  • making observations
  • mapping information
  • planning a business
  • problem solving
  • reading
  • teamwork
  • verbal communication
  • working in groups
  • writing

Virtual Implementation

Remote classroom is available for JA Our City.

Additional features include:

• Cha-Ching financial literacy music videos
• Optional augmented reality activities to do at home with parents or caregivers, enabling students to complete a word search or maze or watch a video
through a phone app
• Digital posters and games for use in the classroom


Junior Achievement USA gratefully acknowledges Jackson Charitable Foundation for its dedication to the development and implementation of JA Our City.

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