JA Africa: ja-africa.org
INJAZ Al-Arab JA MENA: injazalarab.org
JA Americas: jaamericas.org
JA Asia Pacific: jaasiapacific.org
JA Europe: jaeurope.org
Junior Achievement USA: juniorachievement.org
Junior Achievement (JA) was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, trained high school students in how to run a small business, and was offered on an after-school basis.
Also in 1955, JA established a location in British Columbia, Canada, its first outside the United States. Twenty years later, the organization broadened its scope and entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades, expanding its activities to include both in-school and after-school students.
Since then, the JA model has spread across the world, and today, there are JA locations in 115 countries, offering a broad selection of youth programs in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. JA covers six international regions: JA Africa, INJAZ Al-Arab (JA MENA), JA Americas, JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, and JA USA.
Early in 2020, as JA China began locking down due to the global pandemic, we began moving our face-to-face learning experiences to the online world. Students, volunteers, and staff pivoted so quickly that we had more than 70 programs up and running within a few months. Our well-known Company of the Year competitions, held at each of our six regions, also went virtual, including online trade fairs driven by augmented reality. This was possible because we had already committed to both all-digital and blended-learning experiences for our 10+ million students.
JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.
Be the partner of choice for businesses, educators, and policymakers around the globe seeking to expand youth education and economic development.
JA’s volunteer-led work-readiness programs teach critical work skills that prepare young people for college, trade school, or the workforce. Whether job shadowing skilled mentors, testing their skills through digital experiences, or developing business solutions during technical and business challenges, JA students are prepared for employment and entrepreneurship.
JA’s hands-on, role-playing financial-literacy programs expose young people to smart saving and investing, thoughtful spending and credit, the role of taxes, the value of employment and communityinvolvement, and the opportunities of global trade.
Through JA’s real-world entrepreneurship programs, students create real companies with real products, working as a team on product development, smallbusiness finance, product marketing, and equity valuation as they launch their entrepreneurial careers.
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