Every year, teachers invite us into their classrooms to deliver JA® programs. That is a responsibility that we take seriously... and take on with passion. The response to Junior Achievement® in the region from educators has been overwhelmingly positive. You understand the importance of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to providing your students with a ladder to the American Dream.
"This was a great program that offered many engaging activities that were tailored to various student learning styles. Students were engaged throughout, and that isn’t easy for a full day of instruction with only a few days left of school. Well done to all teachers and program administrators."
--Brandon S., Carling Springs Elementary School Teacher
"JA Finance Park opened many of my students eyes to the world of finance and helped them develop a better understanding and appreciation of their parents financial situations."
-Karen Horn, Math ILT, Kenmoor Middle School
"[JA Finance Park Prince George's County] is still one of the best investments that Prince George's County Public Schools has made."
-Leslie Hammond, 8th grade Math Teacher, Hyattsville Middle School
"The JA Finance Park simulation is the young adult experience of a lifetime!"
-Sherman Hunter, ILT - Math, Benjamin D. Foulois CPA Academy
"My experience with Junior Achievement® has consistently been positive throughout all areas of planning and execution. The flexibility of staff and their volunteers really makes the financial literacy experience an incredible one. Regarding the student experience, the JA® in a Day program gives students the chance to experience financial simulations that get them thinking about finance in real world terms. Finally, the impact on my students is certainly a positive one - each year, I have consistently seen students who have talked about their JA® experience throughout the year, especially during economics and social studies lesson sequences."
-Casey Siddons, Argyle Magnet Middle School
"Our students thoroughly enjoyed the JA Job Shadow™ day spent at the National Institutes of Health’s IT Department. It was quite an adventure from going through security along with employees reporting for their day, touring the data center, to talking with heads of various departments. Students especially enjoyed seeing the 3D printer in action and talking with staff in the Blackstone Lab who shared information on some of their current projects. It was also helpful to hear reflections from staff regarding the path to their careers. It was reassuring to hear your career can be a journey which is ever-changing! I was very excited that RMHS was one of the schools selected to participate in this JA® project!"
— Mary Hull, Richard Montgomery High School
"Our students had an excellent experience. The volunteers you had recruited were excellent, patient, and informative. The curriculum prior to the trip was excellent. The students were so well prepared and told me they felt like they had the tools they needed to complete the simulation. We could not have hoped for a better experience and are already excited for next year!"
— Candace Roper, EXCEL Academy Public Charter School
"Junior Achievement programs are proven, valuable resources for teaching our students entrepreneurial skills and preparing them for an increasingly competitive workplace. Junior Achievement programs support standards of learning, can be integrated into curricula, and give students an opportunity for practical applications of business and economic concepts. As Superintendents, we strongly endorse Junior Achievement and the educationally sound, professionally delivered, and relevant programs that Junior Achievement provides."
— Current and former superintendents from Alexandria City Public Schools; Arlington County Public Schools; Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools; Diocese of Washington, DC Catholic Schools; District of Columbia Public Schools; Fairfax County Public Schools; Montgomery County Public Schools; Prince George's County Public Schools
As an educator, you know a thing or two about inspiring. Now, tell us why JA inspired you.
If you're an educator and you had JA in your classroom, tell us your story. Tell us why it made an impact and what your students got out of the experience. The best advocates we have are you.