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An approximate range from $500 - $1,000 helps Junior Achievement provide 1 classroom of approximately 23 students K-12 of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship training.

Junior Achievement USA

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School closures have disrupted Junior Achievement’s ability to bring programming and volunteers into the classroom.  As a school programming partner in over 208,300 classrooms, impacting nearly 4.8 million U.S. students annually, Junior Achievement USA is rapidly mobilizing resources to make JA programming available for online learning at home and in virtual classrooms. We are doing this so our kids can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today.

This video provides an overview of this effort, which we are referring to as Project Tomorrows. Click here

Here’s how you can help:

  • Share: Junior Achievement is providing free online educational resources for students, teachers and parents at Help us spread the word by sharing this link and our video via social media. 
  • Inspire: Consider giving your time as a virtual JA volunteer. Go to to learn how you can inspire young people via smartphone videos that will be distributed to JA students through our blended learning and online channels.
  • Give: Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Junior Achievement USA. Your support will help Junior Achievement bring engaging virtual learning experiences to young people in homes and virtual classrooms across the country.

WHAT IS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT?  We are the nation'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. Junior Achievement's programs - in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy - ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.   

PURPOSE Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.   
PROGRAM REACH Junior Achievement USA reaches 4.8 million students per year in 208,373 classrooms and after-school locations. Junior Achievement programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, in 106 JA Area Offices in all 50 states.  

VOLUNTEERS Junior Achievement's 247,350 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.   

PROVEN SUCCESS Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits organizations to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement's effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available free upon request. Summaries of the findings also are published in the Junior Achievement Programs section at  

LEADERSHIP Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA.  Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States.  

A BRIEF HISTORY  Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T); Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.    

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW   Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to approximately 1,600 employees throughout the United States. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office.