Changing the Lives of Young People
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.
Empowering the Next Generation
Research shows that JA Alumni are more likely to have a college degree, feel confident managing money, have career success, and have started a business as an adult.
Learn more about 2021-2022 Alumni Survey Report
Junior Achievement Facts
What is Junior Achievement?
• Steve Swetoha of the Greensboro Swarm as Chair of the Board of Directors
• Andy Bunn of First National Bank as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
A Brief History
• 1965 - Junior Achievement of Greensboro was established in July of 65’.
• 1970s - Junior Achievement of Greensboro offered Company Programs only where local businesses would adopt a group of students to launch a business and design a product.
• 1980 - JA of Greensboro hosted the first Hall of Fame where several founding members were inducted as Laureates.
• 1982 - JA of Greensboro was renamed to JA of Guilford County. It was around this time that JA introduced classroom-based programming.
• Early 1990s - JA USA introduced a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. With this new curriculum, JA of Guilford County expanded into Alamance-Burlington and Randolph counties.
• Mid-1990s - JA of Guilford County underwent another name change to JA of Central NC.
• 1998 - The historical home and current headquarters was donated to JA of Greensboro.
• Early 2000s - JA of Central NC continued to expand and grow impact. 2015 - JA of Central NC underwent a final name change to JA of the Triad. JA of the Triad currently serves over 21,000 students in a five-county service area.
• 2019 - Junior Achievement USA celebrated the 100-year anniversary since its initial founding in 1919 by Theodore Vail, President of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, President of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts.
• 2020 - JA of the Triad celebrated its 55 year in operation in our local community.
Junior Achievement of the Triad is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina and provides kindergarten through eighth grade programming to students within a five-county service area (Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham). Our Board of Directors is comprised of business, education and civic leaders in the Triad who are dedicated to empowering young people to achieve success.
Junior Achievement of the Triad Team
Our staff is committed to making your experience working with us absolutely the best!JA Staff
Meet the passionate and committed team that is working hard to empower our youth.JA Leadership
More about Junior Achievement
Financial and Annual Reports
We've consistently received high grades for accountability and transparency.JA Financials
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We at Junior Achievement are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias that promotes greater economic opportunity and equity. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers, educators, staff, and other partners and stakeholders, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.