If you are a student or parent who would like to explore more about financial literacy, work readiness, or entrepreneurship at home, JA® offers a number of websites and apps to make thinking about your future fun. 

JA Build Your Future is a new app that helps teens, their parents and teachers break down the cost of achieving young people's career goals into real, easy-to-understand numbers.

Created jointly by Junior Achievement USA and PwC, JA Build Your Future helps teens explore potential future income from a desired career and evaluate the cost of post-secondary education to help them make informed decisions.

In JA Build Your Future,teens can assess more than 100 careers, see what levels of education are required, then calculate the cost of education. Teens can then adjust the level of money they and their parents may contribute, combined with student loans they may need to secure. At the end of the exercise, teens are given a Return on Investment (ROI) score between 1 and 5. The score helps teens and their parents create a roadmap for success that will take them from choosing a career to calculating the cost of achieving it.

JA Build Your Future works on Apple and Android phones and tablets. Get the app now at Google Play or download JA Build Your Future for Apple iPhone or iPad now! You may also use the online version of this app.

JA Assembling Your Career promotes the valuable involvement of teachers, corporate volunteers, and non-profit youth programs to engage middle and high school students in STEM Careers. The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers and the online tools provide practical information about STEM careers and ways for students to prepare for these high-demand careers while still in school. 

Following participation in the supplement, students will be able to:

  • Articulate why STEM careers and STEM skills are important to their futures, regardless
    of where they live now or where they choose to live as an adult.
  • Identify two-three STEM fields that they wish to explore beyond these activities.
  • Chart a path to get them from where they are now to a STEM career.

Junior Achievement gratefully acknowledges Alcoa Foundation for its dedication to the development and implementation of the digital supplement JA Assembling Your Career.