COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- January is JA Alumni Month! During the month, Junior Achievement is getting the word out to its alumni that the youth education nonprofit seeks to reengage with its former students. Junior Achievement's alumni participated in JA programs during their elementary, middle school, or high school years. JA is interested in learning more about how the program impacted its former students and will provide opportunities for them to connect with other JA Alumni via social media. Interested JA Alumni can learn more at www.JA.org/ConnectAlumni.
According to a survey of Junior Achievement Alumni, those who had Junior Achievement as students are 30 percent more likely to have a four-year degree and 67 percent more likely to have an advanced college degree compared to the general public. They are also 2 ½ times more likely to have owned or started a business. JA Alumni also report higher levels of career satisfaction and more confidence in managing money. One-in-three JA Alumni say Junior Achievement influenced which career they would pursue and one-in-five work or have worked in the same field as the JA volunteer they had when they were in school.
Approaching its 100th anniversary in 2019, Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success through volunteer-delivered programs focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-readiness. More than 100 million students have participated in JA programs since the organization's inception in 1919. Notable JA Alumni include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, comedian Amy Sedaris, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and AOL founder Steve Case.