At Junior Achievement, 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 business 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, increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
year, JA reached more than 39,000 young people in its Connecticut territory with programs
delivered by business/community volunteers at no charge to participating
schools/organizations 2,700 volunteers shared their talents and business
experience in the classroom. All JA programs correlate to Connecticut's
curriculum standards, which is one of the keys to the organization's success.
These programs result in:
Recently, JA has launched three new intensive programs for high school students:
For the 2015-16 school year, JA of Southwest New England received the 5 Star Award from Junior Achievement USA. The award recognizes JA areas that meet JA USA’s operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability, and sustainability.
Three year average:
According to a
recent Junior Achievement Retrospective Survey:
JA will determine the impact of its programs on its students with several evaluation tools. These tools measure the following: (1) students’ knowledge gain and attitudinal change; (2) teachers’ assessment of program effectiveness; and (3) volunteers’ assessment of program effectiveness. With the teachers help, JA administers pre- and post-tests to participating students to assess knowledge gain and attitudinal changes. JA also asks participating teachers to assess their students' knowledge gain in the three content areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
JA Student Impact Story:
Josslyn, a 10th grade student in New Britain, participated in JA programs each year consecutively from sixth through eighth grade. She was enrolled in a citywide dropout prevention program called Graduation Odyssey, and JA became an integral part of the program’s curriculum.
As an active participant in JA programs each year, JA invited her to speak at the 10th annual Partners in Achievement Breakfast in Hartford. In front of more than 400 guests, Josslyn gave a moving testimonial about her experience and how being involved in JA programs helped her to realize her potential and to set goals for her future success. She ended by stating emphatically, “Thanks to JA…I will graduate high school. I will attend college. I will be successful.” This truly demonstrates the power of Junior Achievement.
In 2015, Josslyn participated in the first ever JA Career Connections for Young Women (JACC) in Hartford. The intensive 12-week afterschool program prepares and inspires teenage girls, including Josslyn, to focus on careers, professional goals, and financial responsibility.
Jeremy Race, M.Ed., President and CEO, is responsible for the organization's overall strategic planning, fundraising, and key community partnerships. Mr. Race joined JA in 2002 as Program Manager and later became Director of Development, then Vice President, Development, and then Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, he manages two board committees and works closely with more than 500 funders and key stakeholders throughout seven Connecticut counties. In 2011, Mr. Race was presented with the Rising Star Award from JA USA.
JA could not serve Connecticut students without the support of the community. Partnering organizations include numerous chambers of commerce; nonprofits, such as Connecticut Science Center, the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, and the University of Hartford; civic organizations, such as HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs), Junior League of Hartford, LUPA (Latinos United for Professional Advancement), and PULSE; and government agencies such as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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 eighth 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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