Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
JA of Greater Kansas City'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.
Which Way To JA?
You or your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Greater Kansas City by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
By volunteering for JA through you can help inspire the next generation of young students by sharing your experience and encouraging young people to pursue their dreams.
JA curriculum and programs help support your classroom by providing relevant materials, experiences, and tools to help students succeed. This collaborative approach supports students as they prepare for success and lays a foundation for upward mobility.
Stories of Impact
"All of us left that day feeling like we had an impact."
"All of us left that day feeling like we had an impact." Every year, Myron King's ad agency, VMLY&R, shuts down for an entire day for global service. Myron and his team seized the opportunity to volunteer with Junior Achievement and had a major impact on the children in Kansas City Public Schools.
JA Helps Create a Ripple Effect in the Community
"Every kid, every family needs to learn about commerce, finance, and how money works and can work for them." As both the Principal of Tomahawk Elementary School and Executive Director of the Cloud L. Cray Foundation, Brian Watson greatly values financial literacy and economic education for kids from grades K-12.
"[JA] has ignited the fire in me to step up and be an influencer to young women"
"[JA] has ignited the fire in me to step up and be an influence to young women." Underground Social member Caylee Knox calls her Junior Achievement volunteer experience "one of the best I've had so far in life. I truly believe in the importance of mentoring young women and showing love and support in hopes they will pay it forward someday."
WHy Junior Achievement?
- 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
- 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
- 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
- 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
"Junior Achievement exposed me to different careers and opportunities and it was very inspirational."
"Students in my classroom often say that one of their most memorable activities from the year is JA. They love it!"
"Junior Achievement has shaped my dreams. They have prepared me for what's out there."
"Every time I came back into the classroom the kids were always so excited about the activities and mentioned their favorite ones."