About Our Office

History and Purpose
Junior Achievement nationally was founded by Horace Moses in 1919. The program was initially designed to help young people learn and experience firsthand the free enterprise system. Locally, JA has enriched the lives of over 250,000 children since the founding of Spartanburg's chapter in 1968 and the Greenville chapter in 1972. Both areas quickly gained support and momentum through the support of members of their local Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce. Now called JA of Upstate SC and covering the counties of Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens, we are an affiliate of the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing kindergarten through 12th grade students to succeed in a global economy.

Impact
Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators, foundations, and volunteers — all collaborating to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people in grades K-12.  Through a dedicated and trained volunteer network, JA deliver these programs to area schools, career development centers, and recognized after school programs at no cost to the school or servicing organization and with no additional burden on the classroom teachers. These volunteers also serve as role models, emphasizing the relevance and value of education and bringing the real world of work into the classroom. The programs are correlated with national and state curriculum standards in math, social studies, and language arts, and fulfill the state mandates for age-appropriate courses in economics and financial literacy.  The JA classes also support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

IMPACT AS MEASURED BY THE NUMBERS:  2016-2017
439 JA Classes (4.5% increase)

in                     49       Schools
reaching         9,336     Students 
taught by        378      Corporate and Community Volunteers
at a cost of     $40      Per student

JA Ethics Program ("Ethics in Technology")
                         200 high school students particpating
                         101 high school students attending the Ethics Luncheon
                          >$400 awarded in cash prizes to essay winners

JA Titan Challenge
                         333 high school students experiencing the JA Titan curriculum          
                           90 high school students competing in the JA Titan Challenge

                          140 students experiencing workshops in 21st century and interviewing skills
                         $6,750 awarded in college scholarships to the top three JA Titan teams


IMPACT AS MEASURED BY OUR EDUCATORS AND VOLUNTEERS:

My highlight of the day was seeing the excitement in the kids faces as they planned mentally for their future. The inspiration I received from knowing that this was something that could change many kids futures, by just spending a day with them, was invaluable.
 
The highlight for me was seeing my students' eyes be opened up to the world of possibilities that are out there for them based on the education they are receiving today.

I had the opportunity to witness firsthand a student's engagement with
planning for his or her future. For many student learners, making learning tangible is very effective. Furthermore, the activities ignited their thinking about authentic topics relative to their future experiences with 21st century, real-world scenarios.
 
The students understood the connections drawn with what is taught in the classroom with requirements for the workplace and the importance of staying in school
 
The highlights for me were the energy level and knowledge of the presenters, the volunteers. They were able to keep the students engaged.

My highlight of the day was seeing the excitement in the kids faces as they planned mentally for their future. The inspiration I received from knowing that this was something that could change many kids futures, by just spending a day with them, was invaluable.

The impact of light bulbs going off for multiple students!!!