Our Impact

Junior Achievement prepares students to develop successful financial management habits, empowers them to explore the potential of becoming an aspiring entrepreneur, and provides them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce.

 

Program Scope

Junior Achievement programs utilize technology, simulations, virtual learning and the Internet to enrich the program experience and to mirror how young people today learn, interact and view the world. Junior Achievement offers programs in three main categories: In-Class programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. Our flexible, proven curriculum involves energetic activities and practical applications that are enhanced by JA volunteers’ personal experience.

With over 17 different K-12 program offerings, thousands of educators implement Junior Achievement programs into their daily curriculum each school year. This outreach accounts for over 500,000 hours of JA content and experiences for students throughout our operating area.

Student Impact

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.

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington will reach more than 44,000 Kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in over 1,700 classrooms this year alone. This includes over 11,700 upper elementary school students at the popular JA BizTown. Additionally, nearly 28,000 students go through one of our K-12 In-Class programs annually. With the launch of JA Finance Park in 2013, JA continues to build its middle and high school program impact across the region.

Our programs have helped tens of thousands of students master essential academic and workplace skills and concepts while developing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. Junior Achievement programs utilize technology, simulations, virtual learning and the Internet to enrich the program experience and to mirror how young people today learn, interact and view the world. For many students, the JA experience is a major highlight of their academic year.

Volunteers

JA volunteers serve as invaluable mentors in helping students understand the essential role that education plays in their future success. They transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to own their economic success. JA provides extensive volunteer and teacher training plus staff support, program resources and ongoing services at a national level. This school year, over 4,000 caring individuals will serve as Junior Achievement program volunteers. Learn more.

Funding

Junior Achievement relies on individual, foundation and corporate donors, as well as the funds raised by our special events volunteers. We are not a United Way agency and do not receive government funding. As such, funds raised through the JA Summer Golf Classic and JA Bowl-a-Thon events provide a significant source of revenue toward serving local students. If you’d like to help support our cause by making a contribution to Junior Achievement, please click here. Thank you in advance for your support of Junior Achievement!

If you are interested in learning more about making a contribution please see ways to Donate or contact Rachel Cline at rcline@ja-pdx.org or 503-238-6430.

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