A Business Of Our Own

Introducing Students to the Possibilities of Business


This program teaches students basic business concepts such as management, finance, production and marketing. Learning is enhanced by the use of games and multimedia to enable students to fully immerse themselves in the joys and challenges of running their own business.

In this interactive program students will:

  • Learn about different types of organizations
  • Develop an understanding of management and financial record keeping
  • Create business goals
  • Create and implement a business model canvas for their own retail business
  • Learn about pricing and promotions


1 – 4 hour class
(1st period to lunch bell)

student reading book

Calgary & Airdrie Only
Grade 6

By the end of the program, students will know how to manage risks and seize business opportunities. This will inspire them to dream big, take on new challenges and think about becoming Canada’s next entrepreneurs.

 what your commitment to volunteering for junior achievement programs entail


  • We request at least 3 hours of time in class
  • Registration is required at least 6 weeks before your preferred program date (some exceptions may apply)
  • JA volunteers are guest speakers; classroom supervision is required
 Classroom lessons for Junior Achievement programs


  • Lesson 1: Starting the Business Model Canvas
  • Lesson 2: Production
  • Lesson 3: Marketing and Promotions
  • Lesson 4: Financial Record Keeping, Pricing, and Teamwork


  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • Health
  • Art


  • Students learn from business leaders in the community
  • Volunteers share real-life stories and experiences, making learning engaging and memorable
  • Students develop confidence, leadership and critical thinking skills
 what your commitment to volunteering for junior achievement programs entail


  • One-time volunteer commitment, or volunteer on as many occasions as you like
  • Program training (90 minutes)


  • A teacher will be present to help with classroom management
  • Volunteer solo, with a friend, or with another JA volunteer


  • New volunteers participate in a 90 minute training session at the JA office
  • For corporate volunteer days, we’ll bring program training to you!


  • Volunteer hours can often be applied toward designations and professional development
  • Work on your leadership, instructional, and public speaking skills
  • Unique team building activity

Registration and Volunteer Opportunities: Calgary and Airdrie