Research indicates that more than half (55%) of JA alumni say that their Junior Achievement experience gave them an idea of how business works, and nearly one-in-three (30%) said it gave them an idea of what to do for a career. One-in-five JA alums say that they have worked in a field similar to that of their JA volunteer. Furthermore, nearly all (88%) JA Alumni express career satisfaction.
JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes in a way that results in students' increased self-efficacy. This fosters selfbelief and sense of purpose which are necessary for students to overcome challenges that might otherwise prevent them from graduating high school or succeeding at higher education. A 2016-17 evaluation shows that JA Alumni have larger high school graduation rates and higher education completion rates than those of the general U.S. population.
Research shows that JA alumni have higher education attainment and median household income than the general U.S. population. When asked to consider their household financial situation growing up compared to now, there is a notable shift from lower income to middle and upper income. For those JA alumni who say the main impact of their JA experience was to foster "self-belief," the shift from lower to upper income is even more pronounced.
"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."