Bring Junior Achievement To Your Classroom!
Junior Achievement of New York brings quality volunteers from the community into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education. Take a look at the schools we serve here.
Importance of Staying in School
JA reinforces the value of an education. Evaluations conducted by an independent research firm showed that an average of eight out of 10 high school students reported that JA programs helped reinforce the importance of staying in school. In longitudinal studies, JA students were significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they would graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and graduate from college.
Preparation for the Real World
Ninety-five percent of teachers report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world.
Educator-Respected and Recommended
Ninety-six percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend.
How it Works
We make it easy! Just give us a call or email us, and one of our helpful JA Program Managers will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have. They'll set up a time to meet with your school administration and discuss what partnering with JA would look like.
Choose YOur Schedule
Your JA Program Manager will coordinate schedules with you and an amazing JA volunteer (or volunteer group!). Your JA experience can be in your school either for a whole day (JA in a Day), or an hour a week for 5-7 weeks (JA Weekly).
During the Visit
Your JA Volunteer can take it from here! But please remember that the classroom teacher must always be in the room and help with classroom management. Your support is critical in making sure the program runs successfully.
By the end of the first session, you will see how the JA experience motivated your students and kept them engaged and excited for their future!
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Try These Engaging JA Tools with your Students!
JA My Way
JA My Way provides tips and tools to put students' careers on the express track. They'll take a Personality Quiz then visit My Career to find job matches. They'll explore buying a car and saving for college in My Money, create pro resumes at My Resume, and get tips to start a business at My Business!
Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. This paper, Understanding the Student Loan Explosion, and discussion guide can help your students better understand the issues surrounding student debt and make better informed decisions about paying for higher education.
JA Build YOur Future
Created to help teens, parents, and teachers break down the cost of achieving teen's career goals into easy-to-understand numbers. JA Build Your Future explores potential future incomes from a desired career and evaluates the cost of education to help them make informed decisions.
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"JA activities support our college and career readiness expectations as they bridge connections to real world experiences and professions" – Hazel Cruz, PS 83
"I learned that running a business includes a lot of work! You have to know how to run it, how much to pay your employees and much more." – PS 83
"Guess what? A volunteer from Junior Achievement came to my class! I learned that cities are places to live, eat, work and play." – Justin, PS 83
"Junior Achievement has given me my blueprint for success in college and beyond. JA has allowed me to grow as a student, entrepreneur, and as a future college student." – Kaiyell Pettie
"JA volunteers give children tangible examples of the unlimited opportunities available to them."