Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Junior Achievement of Central Illinois is a member of JA USA™ and part of a global organization that operates in 123 countries and reaches 10 million students.
JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 384,925 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
Locally, JA of Central Illinois has grown 304% in the classroom in recent years, making it one of the fastest-growing Junior Achievement offices in America, resulting in several local and national awards. Nearly 15,000 students in over 675 classrooms experienced JA in central Illinois in during the 2011-2012 school year.
A current fifth grader said, "JA was important to me because the things I am learning in school today will help me prepare for a future job."
That statement covers it. Will you cover the cost of a student? Actually, $50 would cover a pair of them.
JA's contact information is right here. You can also access our local PayPal link on the left side of this page.
Your local Junior Achievement has thriving programs in Peoria, McLean, Tazewell, and Logan counties. Would you like to deliver the JA classroom experience? JA is ready to explain how simple and rewarding that can be.