Junior Achievement Mission

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs. 

All JA programs are developed by professional educators and meet state education requirements in math, social studies, and language arts.  Volunteers bring this programming to life, building the future of our community and our world by opening minds and creating opportunity. Learn more about JA Programs

What happens in one corner of the globe can have a significant impact right here in Idaho and we need to be prepared with a well-educated, well prepared workforce. When local companies set out to hire new employees, candidates come from everywhere, not just Idaho. Increasingly, employers value intangible assets such as imagination, problem solving and critical thinking, along with technical skills.


By 2018, 61% of jobs in Idaho (503,000) will require postsecondary education (national average is 63%). Currently, only 34% of Idaho's population has a credential or degree. (jkaf.org)

50th— Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for students graduating college.      

49th—  Idaho ranks 49th in school finance, Idaho received an F. (Source)

48th—  Idaho ranks 48th among 50 states and District of Columbia on Education Week's 2016 grading of states in K-12 education, Idaho received a D+. (Source)

6th— Idaho ranks 6th in the nation for bankruptcies ages 18-24.

15.1%— The amount of Idahoans living below poverty level. Higher than the national average.


Our Mission

Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Our Vision

To be recognized by businesses, educators and policy makers around the world as the premier organization for inspiring and preparing young people to become successful, contributing members of the global society; and for uniting people of all nations around the common goals of creating jobs, building stable economies, and providing higher standards of living.


Our Core Values:

  1. Belief in the boundless potential of young people. 
  2. Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship.
  3. Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it. 
  4. Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives and backgrounds of all individuals. 
  5. Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration. 
  6. Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.