Employers agree that the nation's college graduates are not prepared with the 21st century skills to succeed in the workplace. There are more than 90,000 young people out of school and out of work - disconnected - in the metro Washington area. 50% of high school dropouts say that they left school because they didn't think they were learning things that mattered to their future. Put simply, we're not empowering our kids to be more successful than the generations who came before them.
At Junior Achievement®, we believe that education should be built on a bridge of engagement between the classroom and the community. Together with our educational partners, we can make learning relevant to every student's future by infusing authenticity, business connectivity, and real role models into the everyday learning experience.
who we are
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, reaching more than 8 million students in 100 countries worldwide.
In the most powerful city in the world, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington has been transforming lives for a half century through its innovative, hands-on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs.
Its best-in-business Board of Directors represents a “who’s who” of Washington business, and its proven-record of success in delivery of programs and corporate partnerships shows that there is no organization better-equipped to lead a major movement of youth preparedness in our nation’s capital.
Our core values
Belief in the boundless potential of young people
Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
What We've Achieved
Partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools on the construction of JA Finance Park® where approximately 14,000 FCPS students become JA Finance Park® graduates each year
Partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools on the construction of a second financial literacy center, JA Finance Park® in Landover, MD, where about 9,000 PGCPS students become JA Finance Park® graduates each year
Partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools on the construction of a third financial literacy center, JA Finance Park® in Silver Spring, MD, where 12,000 MCPS students become JA Finance Park® graduates each year
A visionary strategic plan to lead the organization for the next 5-7 years, bringing the JA Finance Park experience to more students in the region, and broadening and deepening JA®'s impact on our region's high school students to ensure a generation of young people who are financially capable and work-ready.
Founding partner of the Washington Business Hall of Fame, with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian, that has honored more than 100 of Washington's leading visionaries since its founding in 1988, including Steve Case, Katherine Graham, David Rubenstein, Ted Leonsis, and J. Willard Marriott, Jr.