JA Centennial | Junior Achievement USA

Helping kids get

100% READY.

For 100 Years, Junior Achievement has been preparing kids for brighter futures.

Inspire 100% bigger dreams

Junior Achievement provides volunteer-delivered mentorship in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness to over 4.8 million kids every year. With your help, we can encourage kids to dream bigger, see more possibilities and reach their potential in ways they never dreamed they could.

Watch their stories and see the challenges they face today.

Help her keep up with the changing workforce.

Only 40% of teens graduate with basic job skills. 1 With JA, we can give them the skills they need to succeed.

Our programs work

 
%

Said what they learned would help them get a job.

 
%

Are confident in their ability to successfully compete in the workforce.

 
%

Are confident in their ability to manage money.

Teach him the tech skills he'll need to land the job.

Less than 50% of kids pursue STEM careers due to lack of role models.2 JA gets them excited about the career choices in their futures.

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All of a sudden, this lightbulb goes off and they say,
‘I now know why we did it the way we did it.'
I don't know how to explain it, but they get it.
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- Ken McLarnon, Economics Teacher, JA participant for 21 years and counting

play button   Why JA?

Show her how to budget for her future.

Just 17% of teens know how to manage money.3 JA helps them apply what they learn in school to the real world.

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You can make a donation or volunteer. If you want more information about volunteering, let us know, and we'll get in touch. It's easy, the hours are flexible and you can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. Learn more.

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Sources:
  1. Based on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Based on the 2010 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index.
  3. Based on 2012 survey by ING Direct and Capital One, interviewing 1,000 teens age 12–17.