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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development, Youth Development - Business

Mission: Junior Achievement of New York is a local affiliate of JA USA®, the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school, knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Results: Junior Achievement programs reach more than 4.8 million students per year, in more than 100 markets in urban, rural and suburban areas in all 50 states across the United States. A total of 115 million students worldwide have been reached with JA programs since the organization began in 1919. More than 15 years of program research, including approximately 50 comprehensive, nationwide evaluations, consistently confirm our impact on students’ knowledge, skill development and attitudes. Our programs prepare students to:  Proactively manage their finances.  Become entrepreneurs  Develop skills that will be recognized and valuable in a global workforce. 92% of JA alumni indicate they have the confidence that they can compete successfully in a business environment. Participation in JA provides students with the ability to build a foundation of financial security and career accomplishment that will benefit them, their families and their communities. 88% percent of alumni say JA helped them hone their decision-making skills, and 85% indicate that they have strengthened their interpersonal communication skills through Junior Achievement. In recent program evaluations conducted by an independent research firm, 8 out of 10 Junior Achievement students agree that participation in our programs reinforces the value of an education and the importance of staying in school. JA students are significantly more likely to believe that they will graduate from high school and college. 95% percent of teachers report that students who participate in Junior Achievement have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and 9 out of 10 teachers and volunteers agree or strongly agree that JA programs connect what is learned in the classroom to the outside world.

Target demographics: Our programs primarily serve K-12 students, in high need schools and communities. We also deliver programs to parochial schools and community organizations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our programs are delivered to over 102,000 students annually.

Geographic areas served: New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley

Programs: Junior Achievement of New York offers in-school, after-school and summer programs for students in grades K—12. Each year, with the help of volunteers, 102,000 students across New York City, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley learn hands-on what they need to achieve success.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with JA for several events and I can't think of a more worthwhile organization that does more for the community youth than JA. I'm sure I end up getting more out of those experiences than the kids do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated in Junior Achievement in a Day events through my company. JANY provides a tremendous opportunity for volunteers to provide financial literacy knowledge, share our own experience with students, and also to learn from the students! The JANY staff is great, the curriculum is thoughtful and organized, and the organization as a whole is well run.

Scott L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Been involved in Junior Achievement for over a Decade. For some students, it's one of their few experiences with a business professional. And I LOVE the DONUT FACTORY exercise with the students. I'm a Donor, Volunteer, AND Board member!

Connor R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Connor and last year I taught special education students in Brooklyn, NY. My company, Ernst & Young (EY) does a lot of work with Junior Achievement. I can assure you that these kids are so sweet and nice, and deserving of a proper education. I really enjoyed teaching these students and will be coming back this year to teach 2nd grade students this time around. You will make a difference in a child's life if you work with Junior Achievement, and I encourage you to do so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experiences with JA have been very rewarding. I wish that something like this existed at my daughter's school as she was growing up. I have volunteered both in the classroom and at JA Finance Park and I think the programs are of great value to the students. Each session is geared specifically to the age group and it provides children a fun, easy way to learn about money and how we choose how to handle money. The activities are very engaging and each time I have participated, there has been great feedback from the students who have enjoyed the programs. Great opportunity for one and all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

JANY does an amazing job of reaching youth across the region with exciting and meaningful educational experiences that prepare students to be both professionally and financially successful. After being both a volunteer and an internal coordinator to encourage others to volunteer at my company, I was honored to join the organization as a Board Member and continue to help the organization reach more students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JA was a wonderful experience, I could not recommend it more highly. Though it seems daunting to be thrown in front of a full class, the children are so excited and eager to learn with you that you will soon forget any feelings of apprehension. The curriculum is super engaging for student and teacher, and the day flies by way too fast with all the fun you will be having.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Junior Achievement of New York for many years as a teacher. They've helped develop my students' sense of responsibility and exposed to them to professional opportunities that await them when they become adults.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with superior leadership! Junior Achievement serves a vital need in our society, namely to educate young people in financial concepts that can revolutionize their lives now and in the future.

iamfree20m

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’be been a volunteer since 2012 and this organization is so ORGANIZE and professional. I’ve worked with over 30 school’s thanks to Junior Achievement!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Acheivement is simply the most compassionate, well-organized and legitimate Non-Profit for "Youth Empowerment" in NYC. My opinion of course. Lol

I am a New York city based actor, and I've been volunteering with them once a semester for the past 2 years, mentoring kids grades 5th-12th in Public Schools around the city. The main program I've volunteered for was "Economics of Success", which is geared towards helping children understand the meaning of success and how to be financially self-sufficient. I am currently volunteering at Bronx High School of Science, helping after-school kids with their upcoming Business Plan Competition.

Overall, I am happy to volunteer and be apart of such an amazing non-profit. Thank You JA. #keepgoing

Bill M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a JANY volunteer for nearly 10 years and hope to remain a volunteer for the next 10 years. JANY solicits commitments from the schools they serve and the students arrive enthused and ready to participate. Students often share their newfound financial literacy at home to improve their families understanding of the financial marketplace. I've witnessed many students enter the Business Plan competition overwhelmed by the project requirements only to see teams gel and the final product and presentation exceed expectations. JANY lessons are life lessons for all and fill an important void.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with Junior Achievement for years. It’s such a great resource for kids and such a wonderful experience for volunteers. It truly bridges communities in the most beautiful ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement changed my life because of the experiences I learned such as teaching kids about what the business world is about and what things they can do to save and know what is a need and a want. As well as job shadowing in big companies that really enhanced my learning experience. And going to congress and advocating for more funds so this amazing program can be expanded to other schools

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found it to be a great learning experience and motivated me to continue working towards my goal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is great for teaching kids about the economy and finance. It's great that such organizations are open to help improve the world by educating children at a young age when they are still absorbing much information. Keep on the good work guys!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ok so i volunteered to help out at my old elementary school, to teach little kids how businesses are usually managed and what purpose they serve for our community. I really loved the experience I had teaching these kids, you could see the excitement they had when they made their own little business cards and how they would run it. I’ve done this two years in a row and hope to do it again next year, an incredible experience and you get payed through community services hours. You also, get the chance to place what you did with junior achievement in your college app!! Could it get any better? I think notttt! Go ahead and give the program a chance, think of giving back to your community for everything that’s it given you!

Ashley K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a really great time volunteering for JA this past spring semester. Over the span of 5 weeks, I co-taught a kindergarten class the basics of financial literacy: what it means to earn, save, and spend money.

JA's provided curriculum made volunteer preparation a breeze and, more importantly, made the children light up each week. From stories to stickers to games, the kindergarteners were always engaged. In fact, they often wanted to discuss the topics at hand longer than the allotted time slot, whether it be naming their dream jobs or describing their favorite ways to help parents around the house.

All in all, after growing up in an elementary school utilizing JA and now volunteering on the other side of things, I highly recommend JA of NY for any teachers or volunteers wanting to help children kickstart futures of success!

Samiha M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to participate junior achievement in elementary school and it was such a fun experience! I learned so much from the high school volunteers. Going back to my elementary school to teach in high school was eye opening.

Rick A.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a teenager from Yonkers, NY and Roosevelt High School, I was a member of JA from 1979-80. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to serve on the BOD. While at Univision, we held regular Halloween-themed bowl-a-thon events which raised over $150K over four years. While the bowl-a-thons were awesome team building experiences for our employees, it was the on-site teaching at schools in the Bronx as well as the on-site visits to Univision that were the most fulfilling...and tough!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in several financial budgeting classes for students. JA has improved the program significantly. I served as the coach of 4-6 kids. It's very satisfying to see the students get the point of budgeting and financial responsibility by the end of the class. It's a class needed for all high school kids, if not earlier. I know people whose lives were ruined due to financial irresponsibility or mismanagement. I hope all people would learn this before reaching adulthood.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved volunteering with Junior Achievement. Spending the day connecting with kids and teaching them valuable skills about money management is very rewarding. The kids are always very engaged and love following along with the activities Junior Achievement provides. I would recommend this program to any school at any grade level. Whether it is to talk about what a need vs. a want with first graders to the importance of business classes and talking about college with high schoolers, it is a great opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered for Junior Achievement this year. I was placed in a elementary classroom to teach kids about the business world and it was the best experience I have had. I cannot say enough how enriching the program was and how much those little third graders learned through out my lesson plan. They enjoyed it from the beginning all the way to the end. I don't know if they enjoyed it more or if it was I who did. Such an amazing thing that Junior Achievement does taking time out, creating a whole professional lesson plan and investing in these children's future. The lesson plan was practical yet fun enough to capture the attentions of third graders, which is a very hard thing to do, and I say that as a mom of three with vast experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with this charity for the last five years. We are grateful for all of their help and support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I taught the 3rd grade program for two years and participated in the JA Bowler-A-Thon for 10 years. I really enjoyed teaching the 3rd graders the concepts of communities, careers and roles of themselves in the communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been teaching JA programs for at least 10 years. These programs are intended to provide a business perspective in economics at the students' level of understanding. In simpler terms I've taught JA programs to 2nd graders up to High School seniors. Students enjoy JA classes because the classes are more than "book learning". Every class in a given curriculum requires a student activity and the young folks greatly enjoy these activities. Of course as the students participate in the activity they learn the subject matter and enjoy doing so. I know the JA programs are rewarding to the students. If it isn't obvious, observing the student's progress and understanding is very rewarding to me. JA does a great job with the curriculum materials. These materials make all the difference in the world. The JA staff handles the logistics of interfacing with the schools to set up the classes and do an excellent job in their foundation roles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have partnered with JA to bring the Young Women's conference, for high school students, to our company for a day. The delight in seeing these young ladies engaged in activites and discussions with professional woment from all backgrounds, is incrediable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with teaching grade school children the basic concepts of communities, careers and other important business-related topics has been both fun and rewarding. I'll continue to support JA for as long as I can!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completed an all day seminar for JA. I worked with a 2nd grade class, reviewing wants and needs. It was an incredible experience for both myself and the students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization that brings real world people into the classroom to teach life lessons to children of all ages and backgrounds. Their curriculum excites the imagination and brings out the best in children at all levels in all areas of interest.
I have had the opportunity to interact with and teach kids from grade school to high school seniors. These programs engage and challenge each and every time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've participated in a number of JA events with my co-workers. This is a great organization providing invaluable opportunities for youth and adults to interact and learn about real-life topics like family, community, and personal finance. The materials they provide the adult volunteers for school programs are terrific - everything you could possibly need to teach a full-day program. They've also brought groups of students to our company for engineering seminars and the quality and interest level of the students has been exceedingly high. Overall, JA offers a high quality program for our youth and is a valuable organization to our communities.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Junior Achievement of New York is one of the city's leading organizations driving social and economic change. As a JA alumnus, I'm grateful for their willingness, commitment, and investment in changing the lives of students like myself. Their value-add to my life has been nothing shy of amazing and saying thank you is only the tip of the iceberg of how I can express my gratitude. From their lessons on success skills, to connecting me with high-level corporate executives, JA's impact has been lasting.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As the Dean of Student Services at Brooklyn Preparatory High School and as someone who has worked with Junior Achievement of New York since the 2007-2008 school year, I cannot speak highly enough of Junior Achievement. Since partnering with Brooklyn Prep in 2007, Junior Achievement has successfully served at least a quarter of our entire student body each year by exposing them to a wide variety of workplace experiences. Our partnership started when when our original JANY representative, Corrine Serrano, brought to us volunteers from Digitas to teach a Success Skills curriculum, through which our students were able to learn the fundamentals of professional demeanor, attitude, and presentation. Through our current representative, Julie Ougheltree our partnership, has grown to include Job Shadows, a Business Plan Competition, a High School Heroes Program in which our students teach elementary school students for a day, and soon, a Career Success program. Brooklyn Prep has been lucky to have Junior Achievement as a partner for 6 years and we look forward to continuing to growing our partnership in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement is a wonderful organization that assists our school kids from kindergarten through high school. I've been volunteering for JA for the past 13 years.

As a volunteer, JA provides all the necessary tools to make your experience both fun and fulfilling for the students as well as yourself.

JA provides you an opportunity to develop your presentation skills in addition to making an impression on the future leaders of our country.



Advisor

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement of New York (JANY) has played a significant role in helping the high school where I was coordinator to fulfill its mission to prepare students for college and career. Its financial education programs are unparalleled; they use real-world scenarios to engage students and enable them to see the consequences of their financial decisions. They also help students to recognize the importance of education and a career if they are to earn a salary that will enable them to have a desirable life style.
The job shadows that JANY has facilitated to some of the nation’s leading companies, like Cadwalader, AT&T, Deloitte, K& L Gates, and PWC have broadened students’ awareness of possible career options while teaching them professionalism and networking skills.
Only last week, JANY arranged a job shadow at Cadwalader for 50 students from the middle school where I now teach. It was the students' first ever job shadow and they were amazed by the location, right next to the Freedom Tower. The warm reception they received from the staff made them feel at ease, and the inspiring, practical advice they received from the presenters motivated them. They especially enjoyed the working lunch and the Junior Achievement activity that allowed them to work with lawyers in small groups. JANY tranforms lives and inspires greatness!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior achievment is an awesome organization that helps our city kids achieve their goals by many different aplications. i enjoy volunteering with them and will continue to do so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JA of NY introduced me to the joy of giving back to my local community and helping youngsters understand the importance of finance. Although I'm a volunteer, I never felt like one. JA staff always made me feel welcomed and included.

Gary30

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was part of the Junior Achievement program back in sophomore year of high school and it was an incredible experience that taught me many elements of both business and entrepreneurship like networking and presentation skills.

The impact that Junior Achievement had on me is lifelong, I'm currently a senior at Babson College, the world's top entrepreneurship school and I'll be graduating in May 2014. Without the resources that Junior Achievement provided for me, I don't think I would be where I am now. Junior Achievement is truly a non-profit that changes the lives of students for the better!

1 ahmed.yearwood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Junior Achievement for over seven years because I believe in the very real impact I can have on young people in a classroom. For me, personally, as a man of color, and as a small business owner, it is extremely important that young people know that they have options in life. I especially appreciate having opportunities to pass on many of the valuable lessons I was taught by my parents and teachers, including the basic idea that, if they put their mind and energy into achieving something, they can accomplish what they set out to do. Many kids today have few people, if anyone, out there telling them this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Junior Achievement for 3 years and it's been a wonderful experience. My company has done weekly classroom sessions, career fairs, job days at our office, as well as the Business Plan Competition. All of their programs are well organized, simple and easy for professionals to execute. Junior Achievement has worked very closely with us to continue to bring us opportunities, help find new partnerships to allow for more volunteers and improve the programs and our participation. I think they're doing great things for the students of New York!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was very hesitant in the beginning, but i am glad i particiapted. I woul definitely volunteer again to help JA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A coworker got me involved in Junior Achievement & I am grateful! It is a wonderful organization & the experiences that I have had working with the JA staff & students have been so rewarding. During my latest JA day we covered Entrepreneurship. The course that JA put together was both challeging and fun. The students were very engaged & excited and they worked together to create their own businesses. This is something that would not part of their normal coursework, but what an important lesson. Hopefully it inspired a future entrepreneur! The content is always relevant, interesting, fun & challenging to the students.

If you have an opportunity to participate as a volunteer I would definitely recommend it! If you have children, hopefully your child is lucky enough to participate in the program as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started a charity softball game to benefit junior achivement with a co-worker and now we also run that and a bowlathon yearly, intially i got involved with them becasue my job is sponsor with them, I did a teacher for a day with them and taught a kindergarden and first grade class.and seeing what we taught and how the children interacted with us and were intrested in what we were doing gave me a feeling that i cant explain, rewarding maybe it but its different when you feel your teaching something and the kids understand and are intrested, seeing all the work junior achivement does to work with young adults was inspiring. I have done a number of teacher for a day evetns since then and we run our charity evetns every year, and ewvery year we mnake it beigger and JA supports us. Its a great charity and great organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started working with my company, I had no idea what JA was or stood for. After spending years understanding what Junior Achievement does for young students I have a great deal of respect for the charity and what they stand for. That respect has turned into myself co organizing events to help fundraise money to continue their support of young students in the business world.

Sin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My daughter was voted Junior Achievement student of the year 2013 in NYC I can't begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for all this organization has done for her. The opportunities that have been given to her would not have been possible without JA help and its just the beginning there are so many more events and great things coming her way. Thanks for everything JA

Omer C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Junior Achievement of New York provides a unique opportunity for business professionals to educate young students about the importance of career planning and skills development. For volunteers, it's a way to give back and for students, it's an opportunity to look forward. Most students just go through school, class by class, but through this program they can actually see how their education can help them open doors to real, achievable, lasting careers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement is an outstanding organization that truly embodies the goals of a non-profit. It's mission is to help students learn, grow, and gain exposure to new opportunities in their community. Not only does it help the students realize their potential ambitions within the corporate world, but the organization has also designed its program to be an excellent and seamless experience for the corporate volunteers that give back through JANY. I've had invaluable teaching (and learning!) experiences through JANY.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Junior Achievement since my junior year of high school. For the past 8 years, this organization has been a huge part of my life and directly responsible for my success in the professional world. Their programs are designed to help young individuals take control of their financial future. From personal finance to entrepreneurship, Junior Achievement opens up the business world to those who otherwise would be left in the dark. I am very grateful to Junior Achievement for helping me stay on top of my financial situation and navigate the corporate world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement came at a time that I needed support to graduate high school (first one in my family) and prepare for my eventual career. My first JA Job Shadowing experience as a freshmen opened the doors to a world of business role models and possibilities that I was unaware of. As time passed I become more and more involved with JA. Then I applied to be Junior Achievement of New York’s Student of the Year and my life was turned upside down – for the better! Junior Achievement has taught me the power of mentorship and business education and the rewards that come out of working hard. Because of Junior Achievement, I am going to Babson College, the #1 higher education school for entrepreneurship education in the country and I am well on my way to accomplishing my dreams. I can’tn thank JA New York enough. Saying it a great non-profit is more then a understatement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement is a great organization that is run by wonderful people. I volunteered to teach finance classes in a Queens High School. JA provided me with qualtity material and a structured program to make me as effective as possible. The students enjoyed the sessions and I did as well. This program deserves all the support it can get.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement is a great organiztion that I am proud to partner with. JA along with its many volunteers deliver Financial Literacy Programs to children of all ages. Being a volunteer gives me the greatest feeling especially when the children come up to you and say Thank You. I look forward to volunteering for many more years and helping kids of all ages.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Achievement of New York is one of the best economic education organization’s I know. While our kids today are focused on tests and common core curriculum, there are some important skills and experiences they need, that they may not be learning at school or at home. How can an organization go wrong when its main goal is to EDUCATE and PREPARE our children to become financially literate, more confident and skilled in budgeting and managing money? Not just that, they help our kids to become college and career ready by teaching them the skills they need to succeed in a fast-changing world. And the best part? The programs are free to schools and community groups, and the JA lessons are fun and interactive for kids K-12. Kids have so much fun, they don’t even know they are learning important skills and information. I have volunteered for this organization for nearly a decade now. Every time I leave a classroom, one of the most consistent comments I receive from kids is how it was their BEST day EVER in school all year! So thumbs up for Junior Achievement of New York. If you are looking for a cool and meaningful volunteer experience or if you simply want to support a charity that is contributing to economically strong communities while preparing our kids to succeed in the real world, JA is the right choice for you.