Junior Achievement's Thought Leadership Content
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Economic Empowerment for a More Equitable and Just Tomorrow
Junior Achievement is committed to promoting a more equitable and just tomorrow for today's young people. This thought leadership piece explores the economic challenges facing Black and Latinx Americans and the role Junior Achievement can play in promoting economic mobility through education in light of these challenges.
Ipsos/JA Alumni Report
Ipsos, the world's third largest market research firm, has conducted this survey of Junior Achievement alumni in the United States. JA Alumni report the impact of Junior Achievement on their lives, including decisions related to education, career, and starting a business.
JA Teens Survey: The Financial Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a public health crisis, but it is also an economic one. Junior Achievement and Citizens Bank | Citizens One surveyed America's teens to understand their concerns related to the financial impact of COVID-19, not only on the country and world, but also on their families.
Making Sense: Work in the Time of COVID-19
COVID-19 has resulted in record job loss. What does this mean for the present and future of work? This Guide explores that question and more.
Making Sense: The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Innovation
With COVID-19, many of our favorite businesses are closed. How are these businesses dealing with the economic downturn, and what are entrepreneurs doing to help in the fight against COVID-19?
2019 Teens & Financial Technology
How are today's teens using technology to manage their money? This survey from Junior Achievement and Alliance Data asks that question, and more.
Insuring Career Success: Teen Perceptions of Career Selection
What do you want to be when you grow up? It's an question we have all been asked, but selecting a career is a decision many teens and young adults tend to put off, as discovered in this research.
Trends in the Number, Share, and Characteristics of Disconnected Youth: Implications for Future Policies and Programs
"Disconnected Youth" are defined as those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not employed nor enrolled in school. This research, conducted by the Population Reference Bureau for Junior Achievement USA, explores how those characteristics have changed since 1970 and touches upon implications for future policies and programs.
Meeting a Critical Need: The Impact of Blended Learning Programs
Technology in the classroom is changing the way students learn and teachers teach. This white paper, done in conjunction with eSchoolNews, explores how blended learning is impacting young people's attitudes and behavior related to money management. Read More.
Corporate Responsibility and Employee Volunteer Programs
Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs) are an essential part of many Corporate Responsibility initiatives. But how can CR professionals ensure that their EVP efforts are meeting the needs of employees while advancing the goals of the company? This research by Junior Achievement and the Corporate Responsibility Association addresses these and other questions. Read More.
2017 JA Youth and Financial Literacy Survey
In its first survey of elementary-aged children and their parents, Junior Achievement discovers how well kids understand money while learning when parents think children should start learning about financial concepts. This research is presented in conjunction with the Jackson Charitable Foundation. Read More.
2017 Teens and Career Survey
Everyone agrees that STEM plays an important role in the job market of today…and tomorrow. But what do teens think of STEM, and other career fields, and how does that perspective differ by gender? The 2017 Teens & Careers Survey by Junior Achievement and EY explores those issues, and more.
2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey
Junior Achievement's 2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey, sponsored by the Voya Foundation, shows that teens believe borrowers, not the government, are responsible for paying off their student loans.
The States of Entrepreneurship Education in America
The number of states offering entrepreneurship education programs more than doubled between 2009 to 2015. See if your state is one of them.
2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey
Junior Achievement's 2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, reveals a surprising disconnect between teens' and parents' views around paying for college and managing money.
Taking it Digital: New Opportunities for Volunteer Service
Junior Achievement, with the help of partners like Citi, is scaling volunteer engagement using technology and a blended learning approach. See what students and teachers have to say about this new model that supports the JA Education Gateway.
Millennials and College Planning
The rising cost of college is spurring many young adults to re-evaluate their post-secondary education options. See what Millennials are saying about it.
Are Students Prepared for the Workplace?
Business leaders claim that the generation of students entering the workplace lacks many critical "soft" skills like problem solving and critical thinking, abilities that contribute to an individual's and an organization's success. Explore Junior Achievement's new proposed model that links a foundation of recognized knowledge, skills and attitudes to measurable engagement and achievement activities. The application of this model can potentially lead to a student who is credentialed to be "workforce ready," fully prepared to contribute meaningfully upon entering a 21st century global workplace.
2014 Teens and Personal Finance Survey
Junior Achievement's 15th Teens and Personal Finance Survey examines teens' and tweens' attitudes and behaviors around managing money. Data collected from young people ages 8-13 are included for the first time in this year's survey.
2013 Teens and Careers Survey
Today's teens want to pursue careers that will provide both financial rewards and job satisfaction. To gauge teens' perspectives on their ideal careers and what steps they will need to take to get on their desired career path, Junior Achievement USA and the ING Foundation recently conducted their 12th annual Teens & Careers Survey.
The Role of Common Core Standards in College and Career-Readiness Education
America's schools face unprecedented challenges to prepare students for postsecondary education and entry into the U.S. and global workforce. Discover how programs developed by JA USA directly support the goals of the Common Core State Standards Initiative at elementary, middle, and high school levels to ensure students are college and career ready.
Junior Achievement: A Solution to the Workforce Skills Gap
The workforce skills gap has a significant impact on our nation's productivity, economy, and global competitiveness. Learn more about this issue and how Junior Achievement is addressing it, by teaching students how to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to real-world problems and equipping them with the skills they need to be college- and career-ready.
Benefits of Employee Volunteer Programs
There is ample evidence that volunteering can strengthen work teams and build employee skills as well as contribute to professional development. Check out the impact report results for more information!
Junior Achievement Creates Alumni Success
Junior Achievement reached out to its alumni to help determine the long-term impact of JA programs. Our alumni are more than twice as confident that they can successfully compete in a business environment, compared to adults without JA experience. Check out the impact report results for more information!
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."