Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Northern California
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
JA of Northern California's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.
Why Junior Achievement?
JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change in your community:
- 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
- 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
- 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
- 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Which Way To JA?
Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Northern California by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of Northern California!
By volunteering for JA 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.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Northern California!
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.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Northern California school!
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JA of Northern California Spotlight
Volunteer mentors and facilitators are the lifeblood of JA's service delivery model. About 3,000 volunteers each year share their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, helping them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
Bowl-a-Thon is one of JA's largest fundraising events which helps us provide economic education at NO COST to local schools. They are "parties with a purpose" that encourage interaction between company departments, builds goodwill and boosts team building in a fun environment.
JA Stock Market Challenge
High school students and adults will get a taste of the fast-paced, high-stakes stock market at Junior Achievement's Stock Market Challenge. In a simulated trading environment, each team is issued $1,000,000 to buy mock stock in fictitious companies as 60 trading days are condensed into two hours with a new trading day beginning every 80 seconds!
JA Company of the Year
The JA Company of the Year Competition recognizes the achievements of JA Company Program® students across Northern California.
Globally, nearly 400,000 students participate in the JA Company Program. Teens learn the skills to organize and manage their own business. Business volunteers, serving as advisors, mentor the students.
"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."