Junior Achievement Focuses on Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship in 2022 – Business Journal Daily

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Mahoning Valley Junior Achievement is inviting participants to its range of financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs this year.

Programs include JA High School Financial Literacy, JA Titan Virtual Challenge, and JA Start My Business.

JA Financial Literacy is a semester-long, educator-led, evidence-based course that teaches high school students basic personal finance skills, according to a statement. Four course units include Employment and Income; Money management; Credit, debt and protection of your finances; and plan for the future.

In this course, students learn to identify sources of income, self-analyze their finances, set financial goals, and develop a financial plan. They also learn how to interpret a paycheck, create a budget, plan for the future by saving and investing, protecting credit and managing debt, assessing and mitigating risk, and planning for taxes.

The program conforms to Ohio Financial Literacy Content Standards and Common Core Standards. Teachers interested in the program can obtain additional information on MahoningValley.ja.org or by sending an email to infojamv@ja.org.

the JA Titan Virtual Challenge is a simulation-based program that teaches high school students about financial literacy, work and career readiness, and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Students compete as corporate CEOs and learn how an organization evaluates alternatives, makes decisions, analyzes results and strategizes for next steps, according to the release.

During the program, students run a manufacturing company while making key business decisions in production, marketing, research and development, and corporate social responsibility.

Students can win scholarships and other prizes. The top candidates are eligible for the JA Titan National Competition.

Classes interested in the JA Titan Virtual Challenge can click HERE to respond to the survey of educators.

In February, Jeunes Entreprises launched its Workshops Start my business, which encourage student creativity and confidence. During in-person workshops, students are guided through the business start-up process and will develop practical entrepreneurial skills, such as organization, money management, problem solving and communication, according to the press release.

The workshops will take place at the Eastwood Mall complex and are scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on February 17 and 2-4 p.m. on February 21. Participants receive the JA Start My Business manual, which covers topics such as market research, budgeting, advertising, and creating a business plan.

Students who complete the program can participate in a Youth Market Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at the Eastwood Mall.

To register for JA Start My Business, click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

Sarah J. Greer