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Junior Achievement's Purpose and Values

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Junior Achievement's Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

The envisioned future - what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students - guided by our core values:

BELIEF IN THE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE

COMMITMENT TO THE PRINCIPLES OF MARKET-BASED ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

PASSION FOR WHAT WE DO AND HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND EXCELLENCE IN HOW WE DO IT

RESPECT FOR THE TALENTS, CREATIVITY, PERSPECTIVES, AND BACKGROUNDS OF ALL INDIVIDUALS

BELIEF IN THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION

CONVICTION IN THE EDUCATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL IMPACT OF RELEVANT, HANDS-ON LEARNING

Junior Achievement Facts

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 106 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Purpose

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Leadership

Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. Serving as JA of New Jersey’s President is Catherine Milone with Christine LaCroix, Deloitte, serving as the State Board Chair. New Jersey’s State Board Executive Committee also includes Vice Chair, John M. Cusano, Jr., AIG; Treasurer, Patrick Migliaccio, New Jersey Resources; Secretary, Thomas L. Earp, Esq., Earp Cohn P.C.; Audit Chair, John A. Beatrice, EY; South Board Chair, Kevin P. O’Sullivan, Crowe LLP; South Board Vice Chair, Lisa DiDio, AmeriHealth NJ; Central Board Chair, Brent Ashton, EY; Central Board Vice Chair, Bellaria Jimenez, CFP, MassMutual Tri State; and North Board Chair, Peter Wallburg, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; North Board Vice; Karen S. Lemon, AT&T. View our board listing

Proven Success

Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement's effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Program Reach

Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 106 Area Offices in all 50 states. JA of New Jersey reaches approximately 82,000 students per year.

A Brief History

Now celebrating 100 years, 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 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.

Today, Junior Achievement of New Jersey is an award-winning JA area, known for its operation soundness, growth and innovation. This once multi-chaptered organization merged into one statewide operation back in the early 2000's. Recovering from the merge and the challenges that come with consolidation, JANJ rose from the ashes and was presented with a JA USA Phoenix Award for "The Best Turnaround of a JA Chapter"; experienced revenue and programmatic growth annually; and in 2014, became a recipient of JA USA's most coveted award and top honor, the Charles R. Hook Award. In 2017, JANJ established its headquarters in Raritan Center in Edison, turning a 22,000 sq. ft. move-in friendly fitness club into an education facility now known as the JA Education Center. The Center, home to JA Capstone programs, BizTown and Finance Park also opens its doors annually to thousands of youth who participate in other life-changing educational programs and workshops as well. More than 82,000 K-12 New Jersey youth participate in over 1,000,000 JA instructional contacts hours from a network of nearly 5,000 corporate and community volunteers who share their experiences while serving as JA volunteer role models. See our programs!

Organizational Overview

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 106 JA Areas across the nation. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. JA of New Jersey was founded in 1975.

Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. JA of New Jersey is headquartered at the Education in Edison, New Jersey, and is a statewide operation. JANJ has 14 full time staff members and four boards that include three district or regional boards- South, Central, and North, and a state governing board. View JA of New Jersey's board members

Volunteers

Junior Achievement's 237,680 volunteers come from all walks of life across the nation, including: business people, college and high school students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization. More than 6,000 corporate and community volunteers mentor and share their experiences with 82,000 students who participate in JA Programs: BizTown, Finance Park, NextGen Tech Series, Career Success Workshops, Inspire, JANJ High School Heroes, Titan Challenge, and Women's Future Leadership Forums in New Jersey annually. See our Programs!

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Staff

Our staff is committed to making your experience working with us absolutely the best!

JA Staff

Board

Our Board Members includes the finest business and individual leaders in our community.

JA Board

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Financial and Annual Reports

We've consistently received high grades for accountability and transparency.

JA Financials

Careers

Join us on our mission to empower youth and create robust communities.

JA Careers

Communities We Serve

View the communities we reach with our programs.

Communities JA Serves

Diversity Statement

Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in "empowering young people to own their economic success®" through volunteer-led, experiential learning. We are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers and potential staff regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

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