Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization geared towards preparing young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real world relationships with business, government, and education partners to help them develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Our innovative hands-on curriculum – provided at no cost to schools, students, or their families – emphasizes real world learning experiences and motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models committed to investing in their future.
HackJA is a 24-hour student hackathon for 100-150 high schoolers planned by New Jersey high school students. In a hackathon, students are assigned tasks and challenges that are related to computer science and information technology. Students also get to participate in workshops and meet with mentors from various companies. It is a valuable experience for all students, regardless of whether they have no coding experience or are a coding master.
No worries! Not all students who attend our hackathons are looking to get into a career that focuses on coding or technology. You can still talk to them about your career path and what advice you have for young people. Your experiences and advice are invaluable for these students.
1. Share your college, career, and life experiences
Most students participating in the hackathon are looking to go to college to get into their chosen career path. Sharing your experiences with college, networking, and getting into your career can be invaluable for high school students, even if your career path might be different than what the student is looking to do!
2. Help students with their projects/challenges
As students work on their projects and challenges, they can always use a fresh or more experience perspective on their work. Offer any advice you can; even if you don’t have a coding/tech background, you have different and unique insights that can help students achieve their best!
After students submit their projects, judges score them to determine prizes! There is no coding or technology background requirement to be a judge. Judges are given rubrics for each challenge. It typically runs from 12pm-4pm on Saturday.