JA’s Mission and Purpose
Our mission at JA is: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
It’s not an easy task. But it’s the kind of challenge that JA takes on with creative energy, fervor, and decisive action. Junior Achievement has recently adopted a strategic plan to guide the organization’s growth and development over the next several years. This plan will ensure that JA is vital to those who build the future.
What is Junior Achievement?
JA Worldwide® is the world’s largest non-profit education organization dedicated to teaching young people about business, economics, and free enterprise. In 1919, Horace A. Moses, President of Strathmore Paper Company, and Theodore Vail,
Chairman of American Telephone and Telegraph in Springfield, Massachusetts, established Junior Achievement to introduce young people to the American business system. They established a “learning-by-doing” program that allowed students in organized groups to run small businesses under the guidance of experienced business owners/volunteers. These students graduated from high school with hands-on experience regarding business operations. Ninety-two years later, Junior Achievement has 382,637 volunteers teaching 403,849 classes to 9,866,143 students each year. That’s 27,030 students a day and nearly 1,126 students every hour who become empowered to own their economic success!
Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA’s hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world. Junior Achievement programs focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development.
What is the Role of Junior Achievement of East Tennessee?
Junior Achievement of East Tennessee’s mission is to ensure that every child throughout East Tennessee has a
fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. More directly, JA’s purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value freeenterprise, business, and economics in an effort to improve the quality of their lives.
JA of East Tennessee offers….
- seven sequential, in-school, grade-level, economics programs and one capstone experiential activity to elementary students
- six economics programs and one capstone experiential activity to middle school students
- seven economics programs and one capstone experiential activity to high school students, all with one goal – to prepare students to be workforce ready
Outreach for students has been tremendous, last year JAET reached more than 16,455 students in our 17 county service area.
2013-14 Annual Impact Report
[Click on the links above for our most recent Annual Reports]
Students from the above schools have engaged in a series of activities that focus on the free enterprise system, performed as simulated entrepreneurs, learned about personal financial planning, explored various careers and learned the success skills associated with career placement, and examined the United States’ role in the world economy. JA economic programs emphasize roles of the individual, critical thinking, decision-making skills, and cooperative learning.