"Junior Achievement is an excellent way for children to learn basic principles about how the economy and businesses work at a level they can understand and from people who have real-life experiences in these areas." --Steve Illgen, JA Volunteer
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
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 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. (To read how JA Programs correlate with Tennessee curriculum standards, click here.)
JA’s curriculum programs teach K-12 students about financial literacy, business and economic fundamentals, career exploration, and workplace competencies. JA’s highly interactive programs are presented by volunteers from the community who expose students to a ‘real-world’ perspective and serve as positive role models and mentors to students. Guidebooks, lesson plans, and student materials are provided to the volunteer who visits the classroom 5-8 times during a school semester (30-45 minutes/visit; school selection and scheduling is flexible).
Get Involved Today! Visit the Volunteer Home Page to get started with JA today. If you are a teacher and would like to have JA programs in your classroom, please click here for more information.