Junior Achievement® is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Since 1965, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington has inspired the next generation to be financially capable and tenacious, equipped with the tools to solve problems creatively, manage risk effectively, and welcome opportunity. In the last 50 years, we have impacted the lives of over one million of our region's young people.
In Fall 2010, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Junior Achievement of Greater Washington opened the doors to the first JA Finance Park® in Greater Washington on the grounds of Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA. JA Finance Park brings in-depth, experiential financial literacy education to 15,000 8th grade students each year. Then again in 2015, JA opened a second JA Finance Park facility, JA Finance Park Prince George’s County, which serves 9,000 students annually. A third facility, JA Finance Park Montgomery County, opened in October 2018 on the third floor of the Thomas Edison High School of Technology and will transform another 12,000 students annually into Finance Park graduates.
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington's mission statement explains our purpose. It's what we do. This statement is long-term and serves to remind why the organization exists.
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington's mission statement is:
Junior Achievement inspires the next generation to be financially capable and equipped with the tools to manage risk effectively, solve problems creatively, and welcome opportunity in the complex modern economy.
In short, JA empowers youth to navigate their path to the American Dream.
501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit donations to Junior Achievement of Greater Washington are tax-deductible.
Board of Directors. Our volunteer leadership consists of approximately 50 business and community leaders from various industries across the Greater Washington region. Board members serve without pay. To view the full list of our Board Members, please click here.
Professional Staff & Volunteers
Approximately 23 year-round, full-time staff members, and an additional 9 part-time staff members. In addition, JA of Greater Washington functions with the help over 6,000 volunteers annually.