JA Fellows is an in-depth, highly intensive leadership and entrepreneurship program for high school students. Students gain real-world business experience by working in groups of 20-25, conceptualizing, capitalizing, and managing their own small businesses. Throughout this real-life entrepreneurship experience, students develop communication, financial management, problem-solving, collaboration and time management skills, just to name a few. Mentors work in teams of 4-6, coaching students through the process of starting and running a small business.
More than 200 business community leaders, school officials, teachers, parents and students gather at the Spark Tank Finale, where the final 10 high school companies present their business outcomes to a panel of business judges for a variety of prizes and awards, including JA Fellows Company of the Year. They also have a chance to advance to the JA National competition in Washington, D.C.!