Programs - High School Heroes

High School Heroes Initiative


High School Heroes Scholar Award Application (click here)

JA’s High School Heroes Initiative is an innovative service-learning project that helps high school students build valuable employability skills such as leadership, public speaking, critical thinking, and time management.

  • Students are selected by their educators to participate. High School Heroes may come from FEA, FBLA, DECA, JROTC, Key Clubs, or service organizations.

  • This community service project can be implemented in an individual class, over an entire grade, or after school.

  • Students visit a local elementary school to team-teach
    JA’s interactive curriculum over the course of one day.

  • JA Staff provides all materials and training at no cost to
    the school or district.

“I use my experience as my motivation to take the lead in any situation that I need to.” - Kenya, JA High School Hero

“The emotional growth that I have experienced from this program has helped me prepare for my future in the workforce… it’s made a positive impact on my life and provided me with career readiness skills that I will continue to use.” - Tatiana, JA High School Hero

For more information, contact:
Alicia Fusco - AVP, Student Leadership Programs

JA High School Heroes: A win-win for students and schools.

  • The JA High School Heroes initiative allows your district’s elementary students to receive JA’s standards-based financial literacy curriculum at no cost.

  • High School Heroes have the opportunity to connect with business leaders and mentors, participate in additional JA activities and events, and are eligible for JA’s High School Heroes Annual Scholarship.

  • In a recent JA High School Hero survey, 90% agreed or strongly agreed that the experience helped them improve their public speaking skills- preparing them for life after high school.

“JA has changed my life by giving me confidence and knowledge, and by steering me in the right direction.” - Davon, JA High School Hero

JA’s High School Heroes Initiative aligns with the Career Ready Practices!

  • CRP1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

  • CRP3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

  • CRP4. Communicate clearly and effectively and with reason.

  • CRP5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

  • CRP6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

  • CRP8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • CRP9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

  • CRP10. Plan education and career paths aligned to personal goals.

  • CRP12. Work productively in teams while using cultural global competence.

Student Leadership Committee

Opportunities for high school heroes to get more involved in JA programs.
Find out more information here:

High School Heroes Scholar Award Recipients

Congratulations to our most recent High School Hero Scholarship recipients!
From left to right: Trenton Central High School’s Aleecia Luz Figueroa, Union County TEAMS Charter School’s Clemintina Haye, Irvington High School’s Miraj Seepersad, Washington Township High School’s Joseph Ricchezza, and Camden High School’s Xavier Diaz.

Franklin JA High School Heroes

JA High School Heroes sponsored by Tyco International

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