Bring Junior Achievement To Your Classroom!
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City brings quality volunteers from the community into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education.
Importance of Staying in School
JA reinforces the value of an education. Evaluations conducted by an independent research firm showed that an average of eight out of 10 high school students reported that JA programs helped reinforce the importance of staying in school. In longitudinal studies, JA students were significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they would graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and graduate from college.
Preparation for the Real World
Ninety-five percent of teachers report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world.
Educator-Respected and Recommended
Ninety-six percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend.
How it Works
We make it easy! Click here, and one of our helpful JA Program Managers will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have. They can also visit with you personally, if you prefer!
Choose Your Schedule
Time commitments and scheduling vary by grade level. Your Program Manager will give you more details after you sign up.
During the Visit
Programs are typically delivered by volunteers, though please note that some programs include a teacher-led component.
By the end of the first visit, you will see how the JA experience motivated your students and kept them engaged! They also now have a better understanding of why school is important for their future!
Ways to Partner with JA
As an educational partner, you'll be paired with a community volunteer in your classroom to deliver a JA program in a series of one-hour sessions. This is an effective and popular way to show students a connection between the skills they are learning in the classroom and how they can get a more fulfilling career and life.
JA in a Day / JA in 2 Days
This experience uses the same JA programs as the traditional method, but it's condensed into a single day or two half-days for a high-impact experience! Perfect for the teachers who want to add JA's programing to unit on economics or career exploration.
JA Speaker's Bureau (6th - 12th grade)
This model brings volunteers from diverse professional backgrounds into the classroom to discuss their career path and industry--oftentimes focusing on their experience as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
Additional Ways to Partner with JA
JA Job Shadow (7th - 12th grade)
Students in class get to visit a local business. Students get introduced to a career field and industry experts through experiential learning. They'll give your students a tour, facilitate a Q&A session, and give them insight into what their future can hold!
JA Career Fair (7th - 12th grade)
Paired with a teacher-delivered curriculum, this program focuses on career exploration and experiential learning. After receiving the teacher-led JA lessons, students travel to an area company or attend a career fair, where they are introduced to new career fields and industries.
Learn more about our special education event opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Try These Engaging JA Tools with your Students!
JA My Way
JA My Way provides tips and tools to put students' careers on the express track. They'll take a Personality Quiz then visit My Career to find job matches. They'll explore buying a car and saving for college in My Money, create pro resumes at My Resume, and get tips to start a business at My Business!
Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. This paper, Understanding the Student Loan Explosion, and discussion guide can help your students better understand the issues surrounding student debt and make better informed decisions about paying for higher education.
JA Build YOur Future
Created to help teens, parents, and teachers break down the cost of achieving teen's career goals into easy-to-understand numbers. JA Build Your Future explores potential future incomes from a desired career and evaluates the cost of education to help them make informed decisions.
"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."