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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.