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JA Our Friends

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This program is administered by JA of Greater St. Louis
Elementary School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Our Friends introduce students to the intersection of financial literacy, work-readiness and early elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on classroom activities, the learning experience provides students with an introduction to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. It also introduces students to the role of money in society while providing them with practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.

Following participation in the learning experience, students will be able to:
-- Students learn about sharing, counting, and the idea of being a good friend.
-- Students will learn about needs and wants along with gaining additional skills in sorting.
-- Students will learn about shapes and colors while being introduced to the idea of earning and spending money.
-- Students will learn more about matching, the idea of a job and helping others.
-- Students will gain skills in cutting with scissors, pasting, writing and recognizing letters, shapes and patterns.
-- Students will also be introduced to the concepts of making good choices and giving.

JA Our Friends is recommended for pre-kindergarten students. This volunteer-led, kit-based learning experience is available for classroom implementation.

Program Concepts


Skills Students Learn

  • Following Directions Identifying numbers Counting Items Interpreting information Listening responsively Reasoning Sorting Making observations Verbal communication Matching Recognizing letters Recognizing shapes Recognizing patterns Scissor cutting Hand-eye coordination Pasting

Virtual Implementation

JA Our Friends is not recommended for virtual implementation.

Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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