Greater St. Louis Fact Sheet
What is Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis?
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis (JASTL) is the fifth largest JA USA operation in the nation. We educate young people about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy with hands-on, engaging programs.
Our purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
JA of Greater St. Louis reaches over 165,000 students per year in over 6,800 classrooms and afterschool locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
JASTL's more than 8,000 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization. These volunteers have delivered programs in 68 counties served by JASTL.
JA is one of a few global nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA's effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. Click here to see the results.
Jim Runnels, Senior Vice President, Rental, Enterprise Holdings (Retired), is chairman of the JASTL board of directors. Lori Jacob is JASTL's president and chief executive officer.
A Brief History
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis has served hundreds of thousands of area students for 69 years since its inception in 1943.
JASTL operates on a $4.5 million annual budget.
JASTL is headquartered in Chesterfield, MO.