Event Info

The Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge is an exciting, hands-on simulation that puts participants into the fast-paced world of the stock market. This exhilarating event simulates a 60 day cycle of the Stock Exchange, giving participants the chance to buy and sell fictitious stocks.

How it works:

To prepare for the competition, students participate in JA Take Stock in Your Future. This program consists of two 45-minute classroom lessons about individual equities, the impact of the economy, geopolitical events, and market sentiment. By the end of the two sessions, students will understand the fundamentals of the stock market and appreciate the risks and rewards of trading. Following the completion of two 45-minute volunteer-taught lessons and a practice simulation, students will form 4-5 member Stock Market Challenge teams.

The day of the competition, each team starts with $500,000 in fictitious funds to buy stock in 26 mock companies. Once the opening bell rings on our stock market trading floor, the market opens and every 90 seconds represents a complete trading day. Over the next two hours, participants must think on their feet and compete for the attention of floor traders as they make trades in real time. Trading is fast, fun, and furious! The team with the highest net worth portfolio at the end of 60 trading days will be crowned the Stock Market Challenge Champion.

How schools can participate:

The Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge partners with educators teaching classes in a variety of subject areas, who partner with JA to bring whole grade levels, classes or teams of students to the event. Junior Achievement staff coordinate to provide a volunteer for the classroom portion of the event and provide ongoing support. JA is able to offer this incredible program to schools at no cost thanks to sponsor support.

Demand for this event continues to grow, with over 350 students participating in the 2017 event. This year, the JA Stock Market Challenge will take place March 6, 7 and 8. Participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Gina Huntington at ghuntington@ja-pdx.org or 971-255-4957 to learn more and register. Spaces are limited!

How you can help:

  • Sponsor the event! Contact Barbara Smith at bsmith@ja-pdx.org or 971-255-4944 for information.
  • Volunteer to teach the two classroom lessons and practice session.
  • Volunteer to assist with stock-trading the day of the event.
  • Share this opportunity with educators and students who might be interested.