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MISSION & VALUES

OUR PURPOSE

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Using the world of business and personal finance, we teach young people how to make smart financial decisions, plan for their futures, and inspire them to believe in themselves. We teach the business of life.

OUR VISION

We seek to expand youth education through partnerships with businesses, educators and change-makers, bettering the futures of our students, our community and our world.

OUR CORE VALUES

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS

Junior Achievement focuses on high impact programs that drive long-term outcomes in areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and career readiness.

OUR HISTORY

Founded nationally in 1919 and locally in 1954, Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, reaching more than 10 million students across the globe.

Learn more about JA through the years here.

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