2016-2017 JA USA Alumni Study Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%).