A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
— Brad Henry

Junior Achievement has been promoting business education since 1919, first through an after-school secondary program: the JA Company Program®, and later through in-school partnerships with educators. Our programs now reach far beyond traditional business lessons and focus on inspiring students to be financially capable and tenacious, equipped with the tools to solve problems creatively, manage risk effectively, and welcome opportunity. Without our region's educators, our work to take learning beyond the classroom and show students its relevance would be impossible. 

  • 95% 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.
  • 96% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend JA to a colleague or friend.
Our K-12 financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs are inspired, standards-based learning designed to show kids the relevance between what they're learning in the classroom and the future. Taught by a volunteer role model from the community, our programs inspire kids to think beyond today and understand that with a little hard work anything is possible. Use this form to request a JA® program for your class or after-school club.


Our K-12 financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs are inspired, standards-based learning designed to show kids the relevance between what they're learning in the classroom and the future. Taught by a volunteer role model from the community, our programs inspire kids to think beyond today and understand that with a little hard work anything is possible. Use this form to request a JA® program for your class or after-school club.

The best stories are JA® stories. If you are an educator who has let us into your classroom to bring our programs to your students, tell us what our programs meant to you. We couldn't do what we do without teachers like you who bring us into your schools and classrooms to help you in the work you do every day to build your students a ladder from the classroom to their own American Dream.


The best stories are JA® stories. If you are an educator who has let us into your classroom to bring our programs to your students, tell us what our programs meant to you. We couldn't do what we do without teachers like you who bring us into your schools and classrooms to help you in the work you do every day to build your students a ladder from the classroom to their own American Dream.

Junior Achievement® takes the work we do seriously. We are continually improving our proven financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape and evolving modern economy. Explore the many studies and white papers that take an in-depth look at the benefits on JA® programs and how they work to improve student outcomes.


Junior Achievement® takes the work we do seriously. We are continually improving our proven financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape and evolving modern economy. Explore the many studies and white papers that take an in-depth look at the benefits on JA® programs and how they work to improve student outcomes.

As an educator, you know better than anyone else how important it is that we come together as a community to transform the preparedness of our youth from mission to a major movement. By partnering with us, you join the JA® movement and our work to bring our innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to more students in Greater Washington.


As an educator, you know better than anyone else how important it is that we come together as a community to transform the preparedness of our youth from mission to a major movement. By partnering with us, you join the JA® movement and our work to bring our innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to more students in Greater Washington.