In 1953, a management group from GE introduced Junior Achievement to the area by establishing Junior Achievement of Schenectady. During that first year of operation, 160
Recognizing the impact the JA program had on the business acumen of student participants, the JA board of GE executives expanded the program to include students from
As the area of coverage began to grow, so did the number of programs offered, the targeted demographic of student participants and the method of program delivery. For the first 25 years, Junior Achievement was an after school program for high school students. In the late 1970s a new program was developed targeting middle school students. In 1979, Project Business was introduced to the area becoming Junior Achievement’s first in-school program marking a fundamental shift in the delivery system. Today, 98% of all student participants receive Junior Achievement during the regular school day. In 1985 in-school programs targeted toward elementary and high school students followed suit giving JA a presence at all levels of the formal educational process.
In 2001, it was time once again for Junior Achievement to consider the many students from surrounding counties who did not have the opportunity to experience the Junior Achievement program. So with a grant provided by the Charitable Venture Foundation, Junior Achievement again expanded its area of operation to included 12 counties from
|Only 43 percent of parents have discussed the importance of prioritizing needs and wants with their children.|