Junior Achievement will ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our core beliefs are integrity, respect, and excellence.
Results: Junior Achievement hosts annually, The JA Bowl-A-Thon, Junior Achievement's Stock Investing Competition, The Annual JA Golf Tournament, The Horace A. Moses Legacy Breakfast, and JA5k. These fundraising efforts allow us to continue to provide free programs to local students, numbering over 10,000 annually.
Target demographics: Students grades K - 12
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+
Geographic areas served: Western Massachusetts, Hampden County, Berkshire Country, Franklin County, Hampshire County, Vermont
Programs: Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they'll face.
I'm something of a latecomer to the value of Junior Achievement. My original impression was simply economic education, stock market, mock companies and the like. But I have come to realize its amazing ability to take youth, from all kinds of cirucmstances, and open up a whole new world to them. It not only exposes them to financial literacy but future careers and helps them to discover and tap into their potential. I'm proud to be, in my small way, a supporter of Junior Achievement.