JA Alumni - Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut

Junior Achievement Alumni

Welcome Back, JA Alum!

Did JA make a difference in your life? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"

JA Alumni are a select group of leaders who have experienced Junior Achievement programs as a student. You may have run your own student business as a member of the JA Company Program®, experienced what it was like to make financial decisions in a student-managed city as part of JA Finance Park®, or learned about money, careers or running a business in any one of JA's other K-12 programs.

Research Shows Impact of JA on Alumni

In the spring of 2016, Junior Achievement USA (JA) conducted a survey of more than 700 JA alumni to gain a better understanding of the impact of JA programs. The participating alumni were drawn from a representational sample of the U.S. population. Some of the findings:

Educational Attainment: Not only are JA Alumni more inclined to finish high school than the general population, they are also 30 percent more likely to have a four-year degree and 67 percent more likely to have an advanced degree.

Income: JA Alumni have a median household income that is 20 percent higher than the U.S. median household income.

Entrepreneurial Activity: JA Alumni are 143 percent more likely to have started a business compared to the general public.

Career Success: In all, 88 percent of JA Alumni say they are satisfied with their careers, compared to about 49 percent of the general public. They are also more inclined to work in management positions than the general population.


Interview with JA Alum, Todd Ingersoll

You may know Todd Ingersoll as the owner of one of the largest car dealerships in Danbury or as one of the most philantrhopic community members in the Danbury area, but what you may not know is Todd has been an entrepreneur since high school. As a Junior Achievement student, Todd participated in our legacy company program, where he learned how to create and run a business.  His team produced a local version of the well-known monopoly game; they not only creatively thought of selling spaces on the board to local businesses, but once the game was created, they were able to sell the final version to the companies and their customers.

Junior Achievement of Western CT had the opportunity to interview Todd last year about his JA experience and what he learned from it. He credits JA with sparking his interest in business and helping fuel his passion for entrepreneurship. He remembers his involvement fondly and continues to help inspire the same entrepreneurial spirit within the next generation.


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  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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