JA More Than Money ®
JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money.
Following participation in the program, students will be able to:
· Identify the role of money in everyday life.
· Think like entrepreneurs and identify a small business they can start.
· Learn the basic steps of starting a business.
· Consider the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money.
· Explore the opportunities of global markets.
Session Titles and Summaries
Session One: The Money Garden Students explore money-management skills and become familiar with the key differences between earning, saving, and spending. They learn that money can be saved in a financial institution, such as a bank or a credit union, and how that money can earn interest.
Session Two: Create a Business Students learn about the ways in which people’s interests and skills can help them identify small businesses they can start.
Session Three: Build a Business Students identify the fundamental steps for starting a small business and develop a basic business plan.
Session Four: Run a Business Students explain why financial institutions lend money and why people borrow money for their businesses. Students learn about the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money, including the need to make interest payments. They record and track financial gains and losses in a simulated environment.
Session Five: Global Success Students explore the opportunities and challenges of global markets.