Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
JA of Greater St. Louis's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs help students understand how to manage money, explore what it means to start a business and be better prepared for the future of work.
Why Junior Achievement?
In 2019, Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis (JA STL) conducted a survey of its alumni in the St. Louis Metro area. Results indicate that across all metrics, JA STL alumni have performed better than the general population average.
- JA STL Alumni are nearly 113% more likely to have a four-year degree than the national population and 94% more likely compared to the STL Metro population.
- 41% of JA STL Alumni credit JA with influencing their career choice, while approximately 1 in 3 say they work in the same career field as their JA volunteer.
- 84% of JA STL Alumni say that the greatest impact Junior Achievement had on their lives was helping them understand how business works.
- Respondents who grew up in low income households show a relatively much higher income level increase (170%) than respondents who grew up in mid and upper income households (4.5%).
Ways To engage with JA!
You or your business can support the growing need for youth development in Greater St. Louis by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.
By volunteering for JA yourself or through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.
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.
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Greater St. Louis school!
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JA of Greater St. Louis Spotlight
JA Homeschool Days
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis offers two financial literacy/work readiness/entrepreneurship Capstone programs to the homeschool community: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. The experience begins in the classroom with 12 lessons of JA-provided curriculum that culminates with a daylong visit to our facility. Here students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®
Innovative, bold, relevant. JA Finance Park and JA BizTown is all that, and more. It's a financial literacy laboratory that inspires and prepares youth to succeed. This campus is an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.
Share Your #JAStory
The JA experience impacts lives with its hands-on programs and real-world relevance. As a volunteer, teacher, donor or student you have seen that first hand. Please share what JA has meant to you!
JA Business Hall of Fame
The JA Business Hall of Fame is established to recognize icons of commerce and industry. The criteria for laureate selection include a demonstration of business excellence, courageous thinking and acting, inspired leadership and community mindedness. These icons of business are exemplary role models for future generations.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."