Only two in five adults use a budget and one in three has some level of debt in collections. Junior Achievement is committed to empowering students with the tools to improve their circumstances and the vision to see what’s possible if they work hard and dream big.
Since 1919, JA has taught kids around the globe the language of success through its experiential programs taught by volunteer role models from the community. JA shows kids how money, careers, and business ownership work—positively changing attitudes and behaviors.
In metro Washington, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington served more than 65,000 kids last year through its classroom, workplace, and JA Finance Park® programs.
Every year, following 14 hours of in-classroom financial capability building blocks, 14,000 eighth grade students in Fairfax County and 9,000 eighth grade students in Prince George’s County leave behind their lives as youth and take on a career, salary, family, credit score, retirement savings, and debt. On tablet computers, led by volunteer role models, they make budgeting decisions like applying for a mortgage, buying a car, and balancing child care expenses.
A recent JA USA® Alumni survey revealed that former JA students have a household income 20 percent higher than their non-JA peers. Programs also inspire kids to understand the steps to be successful in life; JA alumni are 30 percent more likely to graduate college, 67 percent more likely to have an advanced degree, and 143 percent more likely to start a business than the national population.
Congratulations Junior Achievement®!