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Junior Achievement Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results

Portland, OR – Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Junior Achievement is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

"In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said John Hancock, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media."

To reach the Platinum level, Junior Achievement added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Junior Achievement has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data.

Junior Achievement seeks to expand student outreach numbers annually, while providing hands-on, experiential educational opportunities. Demand for our volunteer taught K-12 In-Class programs continues to grow. Additionally, the organization has started and continued to expand programs like JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, which blend teacher-led classroom instruction with a four and a half hour simulation experience. These programs involve high “contact hours”, or hours of program instruction, for each participation.

"I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added John. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale."

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington
Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,000 volunteers will teach JA programs in more than 1,700 classrooms, serving over 44,000 students in Oregon and SW Washington. Visit www.jaorswwa.org for more information.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 8 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants' profiles in the GuideStar database.

 



Labor Day Blues: Three-in-Four Parents and Teens Concerned Global Competition and Automation will make it Difficult for Next Generation to Have a Successful Job/Career

Junior Achievement USA Surveys Show Nearly Half of Parents “Extremely or Very Concerned” about Their Children’s Futures

Portland, OR – A new survey from Junior Achievement USA (JA) shows that 77 percent of parents are “concerned” about their children’s ability to have a successful job or career as adults in light of global competition and automation. The same percentage (77%) of teens said they share similar concerns about having a successful job or career in the future because of global competition and automation. The survey of 1,204 parents of school-aged students and 1,000 teens was conducted by ORC International for JA.

"Education and skills are going to be critical for the next generation’s success in an ever-changing workplace," said John Hancock. "Many of the entry-level jobs we know today won’t be around in the next decade, and many of the jobs of tomorrow haven’t even been conceived of yet. It’s important we encourage our young people to explore post-secondary education, whether that be a university, community college, or a technical or trade school. Having some level of technical training is going to be critical for future career success. A high school diploma or GED just won’t be enough for many jobs."

In the survey, nearly half (45%) of parents said that they were "extremely or very" concerned about their children’s prospects for future employment, while almost as many teens (40%) had the same level of concern.

The survey was conducted in conjunction with the fall rollout of Junior Achievement’s work- and career-readiness programs. For more detail on these and other JA programs, visit JA’s programs page.


Methodology

This report presents the findings of ORC International's Online and Youth CARAVAN surveys conducted among a sample of 1,204 parents of school-aged children and 1,000 13-17 year- olds.  These surveys were conducted live from June 29 to July 6, 2017, for the parents’ portion and from July 11 to July 16, 2017, for the teens’ portion.

Respondents for this survey are selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls.  Because the sample is based on those who initially self-selected for participation, no estimates of sampling error can be calculated.  All sample surveys and polls may be subject to multiple sources of error, including, but not limited to sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question-wording and response options.

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington
Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through hands-on programs that promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Established locally in 1950, JA is an affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which has worked for nearly a century to provide economic and financial education for K-12 students. This year, more than 4,000 volunteers will teach JA programs in more than 1,700 classrooms, serving over 44,000 students in Oregon and SW Washington. Visit www.jaorswwa.org for more information.

 



70% of Teens Don’t Have Basic Understanding of 401Ks

Junior Achievement Survey Also Shows "Cash is Still King" as Payment Method for Teens

April, 2017

Portland, OR — When did you start saving for retirement? Were you ever given information to help explain your options? According to Junior Achievement’s 2017 Teens & Personal Finance Survey, a large disconnect exists between young people and a basic understanding of 401Ks. Although thirty percent of teens know that a 401K is a retirement plan where the employee contributes a certain amount and the employer matches, the majority (70%) of teens don’t know what a 401K is based on anything that they have read or heard. The survey of 1,000 U.S. teens between the ages of 13 and 17 was conducted March 17-21, 2017 by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International.

"Some may wonder why it’s important for teens to know how a 401K works, but the fact is if you are a 17-year-old, within the next few years you may have the opportunity to contribute to one.” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “One of the reasons Americans don’t save enough for retirement is that they get started too late. By teaching teens today about the importance of contributing to 401Ks and IRAs starting with their first job, we may be able to start addressing that issue."

Another finding shows that more than 3 in 5 teens (62%) prefer to use cash when purchasing items in a store. Fewer than 1 in 3 (29%) said they use a credit/debit card, far fewer (4%) use an electronic form of payment such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or PayPal, or use a check (1%). Five percent weren’t sure. Despite today’s access to technology, cash is still a preferred method of payment for teens. This means that they do not have much experience with interest and fee bearing methods of payment. The education of using these payment methods responsibly is very important before reaching adulthood.

Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to categorize needs and wants, own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement'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.

Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington serves students throughout the region, with comprehensive, volunteer-led classroom lessons as well as programs that blend in-class learning with a one-day economic simulation. Our current program offerings include K-12 JA In-Class programs, JA BizTown, JA Finance Park, and the Stock Market Challenge. For more information check out The Money JAR podcast at http://juniorachievementradio.com/.


Methodology

This report presents the findings of an Opinion Research Corporation’s Youth CARAVAN survey conducted among a sample of 1,000 13-17 year olds. Respondents for this survey are selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. Because the sample is based on those who initially self-selected for participation, no estimates of sampling error are calculated.

 



Junior Achievement Recognizes Steve Gray With Gold Leadership Award For Outstanding Service


March, 2017


Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington (JA) has announced that Steve Gray has been chosen for the organization’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. A truly special and well-deserved honor, Gray is one of 11 recipients nationally this year out of more than 237,000 JA USA volunteers. Junior Achievement’s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, recognizing leadership in support of JA’s student impact, resources, operational excellence and sustainability.

Steve Gray, a Senior Vice President with Key Bank, has been a volunteer and member of the JA Board of Directors for over 20 years, performing nearly every volunteer role in the organization and holding nearly every board office over those years. Gray is currently the longest-tenured director of the local organization, now in his 21st year. During Gray’s tenure the organization has grown from serving 29,000 students to 44,000 students annually.

"Steve Gray is a very high-integrity person and leader who is highly regarded by his peer board members and JA Staff. He has significantly advanced our mission and work and we are grateful for his service," said John Hancock, President of JA of Oregon & SW Washington.

Gray was an active Company Program volunteer in the organization’s after-school program during the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, Gray has continued to be a program volunteer in a variety of JA classroom settings. Over the past 15 years, he has been a key leader, active Executive Committee member and Board Chair. Hancock also stated, "Stewardship is big theme in Steve’s life and he has brought that to JA, always driving a high level of operational efficiency. He has had a key role in strengthening JA’s partnership with Key Bank, one of the organization’s largest corporate partners."

"KeyBank has been a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement, most recently as the first contributor to fund the design and construction of the statewide mobile financial literacy education unit. Steve has been a stellar liaison between JA and Key and a passionate advocate for its work with youth," said Michelle Weisenbach, President of KeyBank of Oregon & SW Washington.

Gray will be presented with the Gold Leadership Award at Junior Achievement’s National Volunteer Summit on March 7 in New York City

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington - 7830 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206 - Phone: 503-238-6430 - Fax: 503-233-3811 - info@ja-pdx.org
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