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JA Take Stock in Your Future®

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High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Take Stock in Your Future introduces students to the stock market. This program may include two components: a classroom curriculum, and for many participants, the JA Stock Market Challenge competition event. The classroom curriculum comprises five sessions that introduce students to basic concepts about how the stock market works and the impact of current events on the stock market. The program also includes multiple self-guided extension activities that engage students in deeper learning about the stock market and investing.

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

-- Understand foundational concepts of stocks.
-- Analyze today’s stock market.
-- Put market knowledge and skills into practice.
-- Understand the benefits and challenges of investing in the stock market as part of a broader, long-term investment strategy.
-- Examine the risks and rewards of trading.

JA Take Stock in Your Future is part of the JA Financial Literacy Pathway with a secondary focus on Work and Career Readiness Pathway.

It is recommended for high school students (Grades 9-12) and can be implemented as a classroom based, remote live, or after school program. The volunteer and educator led program includes five 45- minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout, including an optional online or site-based JA Stock Market Challenge competition.

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, and 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.

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA Take Stock in Your Future.


Junior Achievement USA® gratefully acknowledges RSM US LLP for its commitment to the development and implementation of both the JA Take Stock in Your Future™ high school program and JA Stock Market Challenge™.

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