The mission of Junior Achievement of Northern New England is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Students participating in Junior Achievement practice the principles of financial management, along with developing the 21st century skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. In addition to learning how to make and manage money, and how to become career and work ready, students are empowered to explore their potential to become successful entrepreneurs.
A recent study found a major reason students drop out of school is because they do not see a correlation between academics and the challenges of their lives. If students fail to see the connection between classroom learning and their daily lives, or future success, they may abandon their education
Using the Junior Achievement delivery model, a trained business volunteer will be assigned to a classroom to teach the students core lessons in workforce readiness. These lessons that help students to appreciate the importance of staying in school in order to earn a living once out of school, are not consistently being taught in our community. Junior Achievement helps to bridge this gap with age-appropriate, workforce readiness programming for students in grades K-12.
It's been proven that students who receive Junior Achievement (JA), six times during their school career are 90% more likely to graduate from high school. The long-term goal of our project will be for youth to develop attitudes aligned with high school graduation and 21st century skills that prepare them for success. Through the efforts to continuously impact students, our project would provide much-needed workforce readiness education to students in grades K-12 within our service footprint.