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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 4.2 million students per year, in more than 120 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. Eighty-eight percent of alumni say JA helped them hone their decision-making skills, and 85 percent indicate that they have strengthened their interpersonal communication skills through Junior Achievement. In recent program evaluations conducted by an independent research firm, eight 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. Ninety-five percent of teachers report that students who participate in Junior Achievement have a better understanding of how the real world operates, and nine 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 67,000 students annually.

Geographic areas served: New York City and Long Island

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, thousands of students across New York City and Long Island learn hands-on what they need to achieve success. http://www.jany.org/programs/index.shtml

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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