Junior Achievement partners with local educators, businesses and community members to provide programs that teach young people essential work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. This school year, JA of Southern Massachusetts will be working to fulfill program requests from about 120 teachers who are seeking to enhance the classroom experience for more than 2,500 students.
School districts throughout Southern Massachsuetts face considerable challenges in ensuring that all of their students can thrive and grow into successful adults, while local businesses have concerns about whether graduates posess the necessary skills to succeed in the workforce. Junior Achievement volunteers teach young people how to thrive in today's world by teaching them essential work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training.
The concepts introduced through JA classroom programs serve as the building blocks that students will need to make smart academic and economic choices throughout life. What it means to earn money and save. Why it's important to make smart choices as a consumer. What kind of education and skills are needed to be a successful entrepreneur...and much more. JA encourages students to envision their future and provides them with the tools necessary to help them achieve their goals.
In a national survey conducted by JAUSA, 76% of responding students stated that JA programs encouraged them to stay in school. Teachers (95%) & volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates. JA participants are more likely to recognize the importance of an education and what kind of career opportunities that await them after graduation.