The Worldwide Junior Achievement Corporation is an American corporation based in Colorado Springs, Co. It was founded in 1916 and has blossomed into 114 countries on all the main continents from Asia to North and South America, including the Caribbean Islands. It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people from kindergarten through high school graduation to succeed in our modern global economy. For more information on Junior Achievement programs and how to volunteer, please visit the website at www.jascpa.org.
JA reaches four million students in the USA and an additional four million throughout the world.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AND ST. STEPHEN’S
Our team of volunteer teachers is well qualified and comprises present and retired business owners, executives and other professionals.
Each of our nine grades has a specially designed theme, that builds upon each other to form a program that fits with our sequential social studies curriculum. SSES students from kindergarten through eighth grade benefit from this extra-curriculum education focused on:
- Work Readiness
- Economic Literacy
JA builds bridges spanning the chasm between school and work. It introduces the business world to our young people and helps them understand and appreciate our free-enterprise system. Through hands-on experience, our children learn the reason for and the value of education. They are taught knowledge of basic business principles, economics, and develop critical thinking ability. This foundation will stand them in good stead at their first job interview and help to enrich their lives.
Our volunteers are positive role models and bring outside business perspectives into the classroom by weaving their personal knowledge and business experiences into the curriculum. Most importantly, they teach how and why education is necessary for success and how JA knowledge gained can attain this by helping with college entry and improving job interviewing skills. On a national basis, teachers, volunteers and students have agreed for years that JA programs help build self-confidence and assurance in their students and help them learn leadership and professionalism for the workplace.