Share the American Dream: The JA Education Gateway

Every generation has had its own idea of the American Dream. For some, it meant a secure job that could provide for home and family. For others, it was a rewarding career or starting a business. For today's generation, it could be as simple as "being happy."

Regardless of how the American Dream is defined, "opportunity" and the "ability" to take advantage of it are critical to achieving a better life. With a global economy driven by 21st century skills; technological innovation happening at an unprecedented level; and a growing need for science, math and other STEM skills in today's workplace, achieving the American Dream is becoming a greater challenge for today's young people. The opportunity cost is being felt in every aspect of our society.

To address this challenge, Junior Achievement (JA) is developing the JA Education Gateway, a comprehensive initiative that merges JA's proven volunteer-based delivery model with the latest technology to create a blended learning environment that provides a relevant, responsive and innovative portfolio of learning experiences.

The JA Education Gateway is a five-year, multi-million dollar initiative to digitize the JA experience and optimize the impact of our volunteers.

The JA Education Gateway will reach more students in more relevant ways that better accommodate students' diverse learning. The blended learning approach is:

  • Effective – A U.S. Department of Education meta-study shows blended learning is more effective than online-only learning models, especially when it relates to at-risk populations.
  • In Demand – A 2012 study by the State Educational Technology Directors Association notes that more than half of all states now offer full-time online or virtual schools.
  • Required – Five states now require high school students to take at least one online course, according to U.S. News & World Reports. This is a trend that is expected to continue.

To learn how you can support this initiative, contact Gary Blanchette