Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Southwest New England
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
JA of Southwest New England's volunteer-delivered kindergarten through 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 Connecticut communities by equipping 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 Southwest New England!
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 Southwest New England!
Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by expanded education.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Connecticut school!
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JA of Southwest New England Spotlight
Each year, thousands of participants from different companies bowl to help JA inspire students to work hard and dream big. One hundred percent of funds raised through these events will be used to help JA volunteers transform "I can't" into "I can" for 47,000 local students during the 2018-19 school year.
JA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME-HARTFORD
JA honors Hall of Fame Laureates for their leadership, success in business, and community involvement. Past recipients include entrepreneurs, CEOs, and presidents of both public and private companies, who have achieved extraordinary successes and continue to help shape Connecticut.
JA Golf Classic
The JA Classic has earned a well-deserved reputation as the premier golf event in Central New England. From the moment you arrive at the beautiful Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield, Connecticut, you and your guests will see that the JA Classic is a different kind of day. From the very first tournament, twenty years ago, the JA Classic has been legendary for its high level of customer service, the prestigious group of golfers and the overall quality of the golfing experience.
Calling all JA Alumni!
Did JA make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"
"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."