Programs Offered by JA of Montana
In Gallatin, Park and Yellowstone counties this year 3,000 students in grades K-12 are receiving age appropriate economic education, learning about business concepts and personal financial security through Junior Achievement (JA) programs. Montana schools often lack sufficient resources to teach economics, financial ethics and healthy business practices without assistance. As a result, a significant number of Montana high school graduates entering the workforce lack basic skills for workplace and personal financial success.
Students participating in JA programs that partner with their schools and youth programs will be better prepared for the future than the average student. They will be more likely to take responsibility for their actions and have positive self concepts, characteristics that correlate positively with success in adult life. These financially literate students will become financially literate adults, making knowledgeable decisions as parents, employees and business leaders. Montana's youth must be prepared to provide future leadership for our communities.
Program implementation varies by community, and is selected to meet the goals of that specific community. In Bozeman a wide range of programs span kindergarten through high school. In Belgrade programs are primarily upper elementary, with entrepreneurship programs in the Belgrade Community Library. In Billings middles and high school are the target. Check out the links above for program details.