Changing the Lives of Young People
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.
Empowering the Next Generation
Research shows that JA Alumni are more likely to have a college degree, feel confident managing money, have career success, and have started a business as an adult.
Learn more about Ipsos/JA Alumni Report
Junior Achievement Facts
What is Junior Achievement?
JA's suite of grade-specific programs are designed to be interactive and utilize a blended-learning approach that enables students to apply their learnings to life inside and outside of school. All JA K-12th grade program curricula focus on three important factors for 21st century success: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Through corporate, community and educational partnerships, JA of Northern California strengthens the region's competitiveness by bringing together a trained force of passionate volunteers to teach and inspire generations of young people to manage their personal finances, be self-sufficient, and have a shared culture of optimism, grit, zeal and enterprise.
In the most recent school year, JA of Northern California engaged nearly 3,300 volunteers and provided 516,485 instructional hours to over 90,000 students
A Brief History
JA connects students, educators, and business professionals together to build quality partnerships that empower young people to own their economic success by becoming financially literate, workforce ready, and equipped with entrepreneurial skills. JA programs inspire students to be financially capable, innovative thinkers and problem-solvers, steadfast in their commitment to education and career success. In fact, JA alumni are:
30% more likely than the average student to earn a Bachelor's degree
67% more likely to have an advanced degree
Earning 20% higher household incomes than their non-JA peers
143% more likely to be involved with starting a business
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We at Junior Achievement are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias that promotes greater economic opportunity and equity. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers, educators, staff, and other partners and stakeholders, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.