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Why JA


A 2016-17 JA Alumni study shows that former JA students are 2 ½ times more likely to be involved with starting a business than the general public. They also 
have a better understanding of how business works and a more positive attitude toward the U.S. economic system.

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.

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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. 

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A 2016-17 JA Alumni study found that nearly 1 in 3 former JA students credits Junior Achievement for providing them with an idea of what to pursue as a career as an adult. Additionally, 1 in 5 says that as an adult they have worked or are currently working in the same field as the JA volunteer they had as a school student, illustrating the impact JA volunteers have as role models. JA provides opportunities for STEM professionals to serve as role models to students and help them understand the benefit of math and science.

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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.

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  • "Junior Achievement exposed me to different careers and opportunities and it was very inspirational."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Students in my classroom often say that one of their most memorable activities from the year is JA. They love it!"

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "Junior Achievement has shaped my dreams. They have prepared me for what's out there."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Every time I came back into the classroom the kids were always so excited about the activities and mentioned their favorite ones."

    -Junior Achievement Volunteer

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