About JA

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. See how JA impacted the life of Jakayla by watching the video.

Empowering the Next Generation

Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community.

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 Ipsos/JA Alumni Report

Girl working on JA Virtual Programs

Junior Achievement Facts

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 104 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. Our focus is to ensure that every kindergarten through eighth grade student in the Triad has the competencies needed for future success in life and career. Annually K-8th grade students will experience successive learning which helps consistently build ‘I can’ beliefs and mindsets early in life, equipping them to confidently overcome life’s obstacles.

Leadership

Mr. James Carroll (Jim), Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations of Honeywell International, 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 3,800 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. Our local leadership consists of:
• Jacqueline McCracken, President and CEO
• Jim Donnelly of Strategic Choices, Inc as Chair of the Board of Directors
• Steve Swetoha of the Greensboro Swarm as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

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 several critical areas. JA Alumni, when compared to the general population have higher educational attainment, career satisfaction, financial capability, household income and are more likely to start a business. We invite you to read the more in 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 208,373 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 104 Area Offices in all 50 states. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Triad reaches more than 21,000 students per year in 1,000 classrooms. JA programs are taught by volunteer role models throughout our five-county service area (Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham).

A Brief History

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.
• 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.

Organizational Overview

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 104 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.
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.

Volunteers

Junior Achievement's 247,350 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization. Junior Achievement's 808 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: businesspeople, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

Junior Achievement of the Triad Team

Staff

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

JA Staff

Leadership

Meet the passionate and committed team that is working hard to empower our youth.

JA Leadership

Board

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

JA Board

More about Junior Achievement

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

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.

Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of the Triad.

Donate Volunteer Request A Program

Any questions? Contact us!



We use cookies to provide you a personalized experience. How we do this is by analyzing user behavior on our site and sharing data with our advertising and analytics partners. You consent to our cookie policy if you continue to use this website.