Economics for Success

Inspiring Grade 8-10 Students to Stay in School and Plan for Success

For many students, the transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment can be overwhelming. Students often feel that their high-school experiences haven’t adequately prepared them to meet the demands of university, a career, or living on their own.

In Economics for Success, grade 8-10 students take a closer look at the advantages of staying in school, as well as learn what’s needed to succeed in today’s workforce. Volunteers from the local business community partner with classroom teachers to help students see the link between education and achieving their goals.

How We Achieve

Over 65% of Achievers indicate that participation in JA programs had a significant impact on staying in school and enrolling in post-secondary education.*

*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)

During this in-class program, students use games and multimedia to:

  • Learn why it’s important to stay in school and explore post-secondary options

  • Gain an understanding of what life is like after high school

  • Map their interests, skills, and passions to possible careers

  • Learn how to network, identify a mentor, and create a strong personal brand

  • Create a budget to prepare for the financial reality of post-secondary life

  • Develop strategies that will help them achieve their goals

Students use the “Keep Your Balance” online tool to see how their lifestyle choices impact their budget and the environment.

By the end of the program, students will learn how their choices can positively impact their future dreams and outcomes. This will help them set goals, seize opportunities, and create a future that fuels their passions.

Download the Economics for Success Program Sheet

Use the links below for more information about getting involved with Economics for Success.

To check program availability for Charters outside of Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, or for more information about Economics for Success, contact your local JA office.

Program availability
Central Ontario
London and District
Northern and Eastern Ontario
South Western Ontario
South Western Ontario
Waterloo Region
Prince Edward Island


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