Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
JA of Northeastern reaches more than 25,000 students annually. These students represent schools from twelve counties in
JA Worldwide reaches more than 10 million students per year in various locations around the globe. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the
JA has programs in 1,174 classrooms throughout
JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA’s effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available upon request.
Richard Ferro, Principal Broker and Manager, Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors, serves as chair of the Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York board of directors. Tovah Lisky is Interim President and Marketing Director of the organization. A total of 42 JA board members represent a wide range of businesses and organizations representing education and academic institutions throughout the area. In addition, an advisory committees guides operations in the
Junior Achievement 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, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 30 years, JA has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students in grades K-12. JA was first brought to the Capital Region in 1953 by the ELFUNS, a volunteer organization of General Electric. - more-
JA operates on an annual budget of more than $600,000 generated predominately through private sector funding and special events. Other sources include individual contributors, foundations and service clubs.
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