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JA Company Program Details

Take San Diego's students on an entrepreneurial journey!

What is involved?

  • Semester-long program with 13-16 two hour sessions that may be delivered in-class, after-school or virtual
  • Local business-minded volunteers mentor the students (recruited by JA)
  • The program is delivered digitally through JA’s learning management system
  • Students are tasked to solve an issue in their community by creating a product or service
  • Students will learn the key elements of creating, organizing and operating a business
  • Optional PitchFest and Spring Competition events available
  • CTE classes such as engineering, health pathways and computer science are welcome
  • Check out student team company reports and commercials below! 

Typical Timeline

  • Fall Semester:
    • Recruiting/matching: August
    • Program starts: September
    • Program ends: January
  • Spring Semester:
    • Recruiting/matching: November/December
    • Program starts: Late January
    • Program ends: May

Volunteers: How can you get involved?

We are always looking for business-minded volunteers for the roles below:

  • Mentor: Be a classroom mentor with 5-9 classroom visits over 13 weeks (6-12 hour time commitment total). As a mentor, you can work alone or with co-mentor(s). Mentoring will begin in September or late January for each semester.  Curriculum and training are provided.
  • Subject Matter Expert: Bring your real world experience to the classroom (in person or virtually) as a guest speaker on topics such as ideation, marketing, sales, business plans, etc. (1 hour commitment per classroom)
  • Judge: Judge and provide feedback for student company pitch sessions (3-5 hour time commitment).

To express your interest in being a Mentor, Subject Matter Expert or Judge for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, please contact Jenni Preciado at jpreciado@jasandiego.org. We will start matching volunteers with classrooms in August for Fall semester and December for Spring semester.  Please share this opportunity with any colleagues that might be interested!

JA COMPANY PROGRAM SCHOOL REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JUNE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

Have questions about getting involved or how this program fits in your classroom? Contact Jenni Preciado at jpreciado@jasandiego.org.


View 2020 JA Company Program Student Team Company Reports About 2020 JA Company Program Student Team Company Reports


View 2019 JA Company Program Student Team Company Reports About 2019 JA Company Program Student Team Company Reports


View 2019 Student Team Company Commercials About 2019 Student Team Company Commercials

JA Company Program

For for information about the JA Company Program program, visit the JA Company Program program page.

JA 2019 Company Program Competition Presented By OtterCares

For more information about this opportunity, please contact us!

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