The envisioned future ... what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students - guided by our core values:
Belief in the boundless potential of young people
Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
From our values, we articulate our purpose and vision, comprised of our core ideology:
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success by inspiring and preparing them to succeed in a global economy.
Our purpose is,
To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. It's not an easy task, but it's the kind of challenge JA takes on with creative energy, fervor, and decisive action.
To this end,
Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences, giving students from kindergarten through high school an education in financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship. At Junior Achievement, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement USA reaches nearly 4.9 million students per year in 212,101 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 107 Area Offices in all 50 states since the organization began in 1919.
Junior Achievement Sparks Student Success
JA impacted over 4.8 million U.S. students in more than 212,000 classrooms during 2016-2017.
Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 243,756 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.