At JA, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that teach students from kindergarten through high school the basics of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world and increase their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Last year, JA taught nearly 33,000 students in grades K-12 about business, jobs, and the importance of education for success. During the 2013-14 school year, more than 2,500 volunteers provided JA programs in 49 Connecticut towns, resulting in:
Recently, JA has added several intensive programs including multiple student conferences at corporations and universities; JA Academy, a 15-week afterschool program for high school students in which students form their own company; and JA Global Connection, a student exchange and business creation partnership with JA China. All JA programs correlate to Connecticut's curriculum standards, which is one of the keys to the organization's success.
For five of the past seven years, JA has received the highly coveted Summit Award from JA USA which recognizes area JA offices for the quality of their programs, overall management effectiveness and fiscal solvency. In 2007, JA received the Peak Performance Award from JA USA in recognition of student growth, revenue growth, and overall organizational quality.
According to the 2010 Junior Achievement Retrospective Survey:
“In JA, I learned the difference between ‘using’ and ‘abusing’ credit cards and how I need to live below my limits and manage my money responsibly…When I’m old enough I want to buy a house and [JA] gave me the knowledge I need to make sure I have good credit and will not be tempted to borrow irresponsibly."
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Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Last year, JA had a surplus for the fifth consecutive year. This allowed our organization to hire two new staff and also develop longer duration programs. JA hopes to continue this growth with additional surpluses in years to come.
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