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Junior Achievement's Purpose:

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement to be Featured on PBS American Graduate Day Broadcast

PBS' American Graduate Day will return on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 11am-6pm ET (check local listings). American Graduate Day is a live, multiplatform broadcast highlighting organizations and individual Champions keeping kids on the path to graduation.

Junior Achievement is proud to be featured during this historic event. JA Alumna Juju Chang, anchor of ABC's "Nightline," will interview JA of Northern California alumnus Joseph Fortuno about his life-changing JA experience.

The American Graduate Day broadcast will encourage viewers to take action to become "American Graduate Champions."

Click on the Volunteer Now link to learn how you can get involved with JA—it's as easy as giving an hour a week to empower kids in your community to own their economic success.

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Volunteer with Junior Achievement

A want versus a need. How to balance a checkbook. Don't you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU.

All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you.

What's the commitment?

Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of one hour each for five to 10 weeks. It all depends on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. We're flexible!


Volunteer Resources:
 General Tips
 Training Videos
 Pre-/Post-Program Surveys
 Site-based Coordination
Tell us what you think:
 Program Content and Instruction Survey

" Junior Achievement has been a way to learn about our economic role in society. Before I had the opportunity to participate in this program, I was never aware of the importance of economics in my life. "
- Texas Middle School Student

Teachers are enabled with Junior Achievement USA®

Junior Achievement has been promoting business education since 1919, first through an after-school secondary program, and later through in-school partnerships with educators. The impact on students is currently nearly 80 million in the U.S., and it's growing.

Why Junior Achievement in the Classroom?

Junior Achievement's unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. They volunteer to share their workforce experience with your students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing your class curricula.


Giving Students a Brighter Future

Students who participate in Junior Achievement programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts, particularly those who participate in programs at consecutive grade levels, according to independent evaluators.

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Common Core Standards

JA programs correlate to various national, state, and district educational standards.

 Elementary Common Core Standards
 Middle Common Core Standards
 High Common Core Standards

How do Junior Achievement programs meet state standards?

Students Succeed More Often with Junior Achievement USA®

We talk a lot about helping students understand the importance of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. But what kind of impact can possession of these skills have on your life?

Think about it. What are you going to be when you grow up? How much education will you need to pull it off? Where are you going to live? What are you going to drive? How much will all of it cost you? What about your credit? These questions are part of all the serious stuff you need to ask yourself.

2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

Junior Achievement's 2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey reveals a surprising disconnect between how teens and parents view paying for college and other important financial topics.


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Millennials & College Planning

As debt runs deep in older Millennials' pockets, the decision to continue education past high school in no longer a given. The prevalence of online courses or alternative schooling has made the value of a college degree become increasingly more subjective.

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Junior Achievement Alumni

Welcome back to Junior Achievement! Whether you participated in the JA Company Program® as a high school student, or have been volunteering to teach JA programs in your community, we want to celebrate all you have done to make Junior Achievement the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

When asked if being a JA student positively affected their future, 92 percent of JA alumni responded with a resounding, "yes!" Across the board, JA graduates reported more confidence in succeeding with work-readiness objectives, such as personal money management, "acing" a job interview and demonstrating a competitive edge on the job. Being a JA student has a positive and lasting impact on young people's economic and entrepreneurship skills, career choices and success.


Take the JA Alumni Survey!

Have you been in JA before? The Junior Achievement Alumni Survey is geared to students who have already experienced one or many of our programs. We'd love to know what you thought about it.

This 5-minute survey will help us serve better!

Hall of Fame Laureates

Egbert Perry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Integral Group LLC. As a man who is not motivated by money, his professional career is motivated in large part by making an impact in ways that make a difference.

In January 1993, Perry developed Integral with a mission to "create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities." Pursuit of that mission has grown the company into a premier global provider of sustainable real estate, facility and infrastructure solutions.

Theodore Vail - Founder of Junior Achievement

"The future of our country depends upon making every individual fully realize the obligations and responsibilities belonging to citizenship..."
- Theodore Vail, President of American Telephone & Telegraph (1918)