Junior Achievement: Preparing youth for work in a global economy

What is Junior Achievement (JA) and how does it benefit the community?

For more than 90 years, Junior Achievement has provided quality financial education to millions of children around the world. We are currently in more than 121 countries. In Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Hendry counties, Junior Achievement reaches nearly 20,000 students each year.

Our programs teach students the key concepts of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship; crucial life skills for today’s economy. JA educates the next generation on how to create a budget, stay out of debt and save for the future. Our work readiness programs teach the next generation how to enter the job market, interview for a job, and most importantly, skills needed to retain that job. Junior Achievement is teaching the next generation how an entrepreneur can bring powerful economic change into our global economy.

What is your agency’s focus for 2017?

As the world grows connected, Junior Achievement is focused more than ever on its efforts in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy — to ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

How can the community help?

Junior Achievement programs are funded through contributions from businesses, individuals, foundations and special event fundraisers. Volunteers are at the base of Junior Achievement’s programming. JA volunteers teach students how to be successful in life. Using hands-on activities, businessmen and businesswomen connect with students, bringing resources and real-world experience to our schools.


To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Elementary School

JA Ourselves: Uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy.

JA Our Families: Explains how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and the community.

JA Our Community: Uses posters and games to offer practical information about business and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community.

JA Our City: Introduces students to the characteristics of cities and how cities are shaped by zoning. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by exploring what it takes to open a restaurant.

JA Our Region: Introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region.

JA Our Nation: Provides practical information about businesses’ need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program’s end, students will understand the skills — especially in science, technology, engineering and math — that will make their futures brighter.

JA More than Money: Teaches students about earning, spending, sharing and saving money.

JA BizTown – Mobile: Provides a simulated community where students assume the roles of workers and consumers.

Middle School

JA Economics for Success: Gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances.

JA Global Marketplace: The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives.

JA It’s My Business!: Encourages students to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills.

JA It’s My Future: Provides practical information about preparing for the working world.

JA Finance Park Virtual: Introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration.

High School

JA Be Entrepreneurial: Challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.

JA Career Success: Equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries.

JA Company Program: Allows students to learn and experience business fundamentals and the art and hard work of entrepreneurship.

JA Economics: Students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions.

JA Exploring Economics: Uses hands-on activities to explain complex economic concepts such as supply and demand, inflation, and the production, distribution and consumption of goods.

JA High School Heroes: Provides students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and inspiring elementary school students.

JA Job Shadow: Prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work.

JA Personal Finance: Explores the fundamental elements of personal finances; earnings, savings and investing, budgeting, credit, risk management, and giving.

JA Titan: Allows students to operate a virtual company through a web-based simulation.

JA in a Day: Enables companies to present an entire elementary or middle school program over the course of five to six hours.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT, 6903 Vista Parkway N., Suite 10, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. 561-242-9468; www.juniorachievement.com