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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Chicago
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of Chicago's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.


Why Junior Achievement?

JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as a volunteer or donor, you're inspiring young people through our proven programs. In fact:

  • 90% of JA alumni report being confident in managing their finances.
  • 91% of educators agree that JA volunteers serve as role models for their students.
  • 88% of JA alumni are satisfied with their career.
  • 93% of JA alumni have a high school diploma or GED.
Why Junior Achievement?

Which Way To JA?


Your donation can support the growing need for youth development in the Chicago area by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.


JA partners with Chicago area businesses to build the workforce of the future. By volunteering for JA, you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams. 

Bring ja to your school or organization

Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education. JA programs are free to our education partners!


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JA of Chicago Spotlight



When: You decide!
Where: A local Bowling Alley

Junior Achievement's year-round Bowl-A-Thon events bring together thousands of business professionals who represent over 40 Chicago companies to raise awareness and funds for JA.

Chicago Business Hall of Fame

Chicago Business Hall of Fame

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Where: Wintrust's Grand Banking Hall

In this prestigious event, Junior Achievement will be honoring influential, visionary leaders (individual or organizations) from the business community that have made a significant impact, created new opportunities, and elevated the educational landscape for youth in their communities in regards to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness.

Calling all JA Alumni!

Calling all JA Alumni!

Did JA make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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